Sydney’s new light rail

Sydney’s much hyped new light rail line between Circular Quay and Randwick opened on Saturday but the event went far from smoothly with one of the vehicles breaking down and causing delays. Teething problems are nothing new with big transport projects but what has concerned many much more is that the services are incredibly slow, taking over 50 minutes to cover the approximately 8.5km…
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Fixing the light rail mess

Over the last few days the twists and turns on the light rail saga have felt more like those of a roller coaster than a mass transit system. It all started with an article in the Sunday Star times with leaked documents showing the entire process to deliver light rail was derailed by a six-slide proposal from the NZ Superfund and their Canadian partners.…
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The Super Fund Light Rail Scam

The lack of delivery on Light Rail in Auckland has been a source of a lot of frustration. The most recent news was back in August when the government announced it had taken the bizarre step of pitting the NZTA and the NZ Super Fund along with their Canadian partners off against each other.…
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Is light rail finally making progress?

It has been a long time since we heard anything about the City Centre to Mangere light rail project. Delays to what was meant to be the government’s flagship transport initiative seem to stem from a revelation back in February that a frankly bizarre proposal from the NZ Super Fund was being entertained, which proposed a very different design including tunnelling under Queen Street.…
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Canberra’s new Light Rail

Canberra is not a city we would normally look to for transport but that’s changing following the opening of their first modern light rail line just over two weeks ago. It’s an interesting and useful example because Canberra is not large city (only around 400k people), nor one known for its density or public transport (as of the begining of the year Canberra’s network was carrying fewer than 20m trips).…
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