The Gungahlin to City Transit Corridor Study is exploring the feasibility of developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) between Gungahlin, Canberra’s fastest growing district, and the City, Canberra’s major employment centre.
This project update (PDF 734KB) provides further information about the cost estimates and economic evaluation for LRT and BRT, outlines the feedback from the community consultation, and details the next steps for the project.
The Gungahlin to City Transit Corridor aims to deliver high quality, fast public transport down one of the City’s busiest corridors, providing more incentive for people to use public transport and helping manage congestion as the corridor population continues to grow.
The Gungahlin to City Transit Corridor is an integral part of the Transport for Canberra policy, which maps out ways to deliver faster, more convenient and more sustainable transport options for Canberra over the next 20 years.
Since September 2011, the study’s consultants have undertaken a range of work including the development of engineering concept designs, pre-feasibility cost estimates, public transport modelling, economic and financial evaluations.
A project update (PDF 1.6MB) was released in December 2011 and provided an update on the study.
In April and May 2012, the ACT Government asked the community for comments on which mode (LRT or BRT) they preferred, whether they preferred a median or kerbside transit on Northbourne Avenue, and for any other comments that would help inform the project. A project update (PDF 1.6MB) and concept design report (PDF 1.6MB) was made available for comment. More than 1500 people had a say on this important project. You can also view a fact sheet (PDF 1.1MB) about Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit systems in general. Findings from the project survey (PDF 394KB) undertaken in April/May 2012 are also now available.
A submission was lodged with Infrastructure Australia for Nation Building II funding from the Federal Government in early August 2012. The submission seeks $15m from the Federal Government for feasibility and forward design during 2013-14 to 2014-15. If successful, a dollar for dollar matching contribution would be required from the ACT Government. The forward design and feasibility work would provide the basis for seeking further funding from the Federal Government and would explore options for private investment. The announcement of any funding from Infrastructure Australia would occur in conjunction with next year’s Federal Budget. In the meantime, work will continue on this project.
The Gungahlin to City Project Office has been established to coordinate delivery of transit corridor projects and corridor redevelopment opportunities.