Using light rail


Light rail vehicles

About the vehicles

Canberra’s 14 Light Rail Vehicles (commonly known as LRVs) are being designed and manufactured in Spain by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocariles (CAF). They are just under 33m long and 2.65m wide. They will:

  • carry at least 207 passengers (66 seats plus 141 standees)
  • include 12 priority seats
  • include two wheelchair spaces.

The LRVs will be equipped with:

  • on-board Wi-Fi (also available at light rail stops along the corridor)
  • air conditioning
  • handrails and grab rails
  • access via two double doors and two single doors per side with clear signage
  • 100% low floor throughout
  • bicycle storage (four bikes per carriage).

The LRVs will be stabled and maintained at the Mitchell depot.

The LRVs are different to the older trams in Melbourne, which have a 'high-floor' to step up into. Canberra light rail will have a modern 'low-floor' light rail system, similar to Adelaide and Sydney Light Rail or GoldLinQ on the Gold Coast. Some aspects of light rail in Melbourne are similar, such as operations along roadways and interaction with vehicles and pedestrians.

LRVs are typically quieter than road vehicles and much quieter than heavy-rail trains. That is why it is important to watch out for LRVs and to always be alert in the vicinity of the light rail corridor.

Check out the footage of our first LRV arriving in Canberra and its journey to get here.

Powersupply

Our LRVs will be powered by overhead lines common to most light railway systems around the world.

Wired systems today are quite discreet, even more so when placed amongst a boulevard of trees.

Hours of operation and real time updates

Light rail is very efficient. LRVs run in a dedicated corridor, separate from road traffic other than at intersection crossings. For this reason, along with the high level of priority to LRVs at intersections, trip times are very reliable.

Light rail will operate:

  • Monday to Thursday from 6am – 11.30pm
  • Friday from 6am – 1am
  • Saturday from 6am – 1am
  • Sunday from 8am – 11.30pm.

Services will run:

  • during peak times from Monday to Friday (services will run every 6 minutes)
  • between peak times from Monday to Friday (services will run every 10 minutes)
  • outside peak times from Monday to Friday (services will run every 10–15 minutes)
  • on Saturdays and Sundays (services will run at 15 minute intervals throughout the day).

For stage 1, the journey is expected to take 24 minutes.

Real time information will alert customers to when the next services arrive at a stop. Once on-board the LRV, actual time to arrival at destinations will be displayed.

Safety

Light rail is a very safe mode of transport and a great deal of planning will ensure Canberra has a light rail system that meets world class safety standards.

In Canberra any road traffic crossing the light rail tracks will be controlled by traffic lights to ensure this interaction is managed safely.

Pedestrians will be required to cross at designated crossing points, most of which will be traffic light controlled. For those which are not, pedestrians need to exercise a higher degree of care, just as they would when crossing a road without signals.

Each light rail stop will include lighting, emergency help points and CCTV as safety features.

Priority at traffic lights

Light rail will have a level of signalling priority over road traffic to help the service run efficiently.

Traffic signals will be designed so that they can detect the approach of the LRV, so that the signals can adjust in time to allow the LRV to pass through the intersection with minimal delay.

Light rail will carefully integrate with the traffic along the corridor to minimise delays to road traffic.

Ticketing

Light rail will be fully integrated with the bus ticketing system (same ticket, same fare, same rules), enabling convenient connections for commuters between light rail and bus.

The primary difference will be that customers will tap on to validate ticket on the platform before they board the LRV. Then they will tap off after they have left the LRV.

Cash tickets can be purchased, and MyWay cards recharged, at the Ticket Vending Machine available on every platform.

Bikes on light rail

Light rail stops will be connected to the local cycling network. Free storage facilities will be available at interchanges and other locations along the City to Gungahlin route.

Each light rail vehicle will have space for four (4) bicycles. Bicycle storage on the light rail vehicles will have fixing points to ensure the safety of all passengers.

Park & Ride

Park & Ride locations are being established across Canberra to integrate with the public transport network.

Accessibility

The light rail network, including stops and vehicles, will be accessible and will fully comply with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.