The ACT Government has undertaken a range of feasibility studies on the light rail project to date. Find various light rail reports and studies or download:
- Transport Canberra - Light Rail Network (PDF, 6311.43 KB)
- Light Rail Master Plan Map (PDF, 360.46 KB)
As part of planning for the first stage of light rail (Gungahlin to City) a comprehensive Environment Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared. In accordance with the Scoping Document issued by the Environment and Planning Directorate, the EIS presented a description of the project, alternatives considered, and a detailed assessment of potential impacts with proposed mitigation measures. The EIS was used as a key assessment tool and also recommended key considerations for subsequent development applications lodged for the project. View the Environment Impact Statement .
Patronage and population
Today there is already an adequate population to support light rail along the Gungahlin to City corridor. Current estimates for daily light rail boardings in the corridor are forecast to grow to over 13,000 by 2021 and over 20,000 by 2031.
Ongoing modelling is testing project options and refining patronage forecasts for the first stage of light rail in Canberra.
Light rail does not require significant density to operate well, and as shown in Adelaide, light rail routes can move through medium density areas and still be successful.
Light rail currently operates successfully in many international cities of a similar or smaller size to Canberra, including:
- Valenciennes in France (population 390,000)
- Freiburg in Breisgau in southwest Germany (population 200,000)
- Angers in France (population 147,000)
- Bordeaux in France (population 240,000).
Buses and light rail
In previous years an analysis of buses and light rail as modes of transport for Canberra was undertaken.
Light rail was selected because of:
- its higher capacity
- its ability to increase commercial and social activity alongside the route.
Light rail will play a big role in supporting the vision of Canberra becoming a more compact and sustainable city.
Light rail, buses, cycle paths and pedestrian walkways will form an integrated city-wide public transport network for Canberra.
The buses that currently service the City to Gungahlin corridor will be rerouted as part of new, integrated timetables.
Broad consideration of suitable public transport modes were considered through transport network planning for Canberra.
Monorail systems have typically very high construction costs due to the elevated and segregated track compared to ground-level systems.