Page 1570 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 April 2013

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(4) What is the expected cost to taxpayers of pre-construction and construction.

(5) What is the predicted patronage, running costs and staffing once operational.

(6) What is the population within reasonable walking distance of a light rail stop.

(7) What plans are there for park and ride facilities.

(8) What are the financial models for funding the project.

(9) What feedback was received from Infrastructure Australia as a result of the 2008-09 federally funded proposal.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) $0.913 million was spent in 2011-12 and to date $0.076 million has been spent in 2012-13 on external sources.

(2) Two full time and two part time staff worked on this project within the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate. The total pro-rata staffing costs were $0.164 million in 2011-12 and $0.128 million to date in 2012-13. There has also been a team of three staff and an executive working part time on the project within the Economic Development Directorate, with pro-rata salary costs of $0.145 million to date in 2012-13.

(3) The 8th Parliamentary Agreement identifies 2016 for the commencement of laying tracks. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 3 years.

(4) Preliminary cost estimates have been prepared in accordance with the National Best Practice Cost Estimation Standard for Publicly Funded Road and Rail Construction to a project scoping level. The construction cost is estimated to be around $500 million and the indirect costs, including preliminaries, design and government costs, are estimated to be in the vicinity of $112 million.

(5) Initial studies indicate patronage during the morning peak (7am to 9am) towards the City for 2012 and 2031 at approximately 4,500 and 7,500 respectively, however these figures will be remodelled and refined as part of current network integration studies.

The operational arrangements and parameters for Capital Metro are being defined; therefore it would be premature, at this stage of the project, to provide an accurate operational cost estimate.

(6) The assumed population for the Gungahlin to City corridor is 104,199 by 2031. The detail on stop and station locations has not yet been determined, and will be subject to further studies and consultation.

(7) Planning has already been completed for two park and ride locations within the corridor: Gungahlin Town Centre and Well Station Drive. Further work will be undertaken in the Capital Metro Light Rail Integration Study to identify other suitable locations within the corridor for park and ride, bike and ride, and kiss and ride facilities.

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