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Transport for Canberra is the key guiding document for the direction of transport in Canberra until 2031. It aims to create a transport system that puts people first, making our city a better place to live, work and do business and a more accessible place where it is easy for everyone to get around. Transport for Canberra also outlines the government’s actions on public transport, parking, vehicle movement and active travel—walking and cycling—to achieve the government’s transport mode share targets through a range of key projects and policy development.
A key objective of the transport for Canberra policy is to ensure public transport services reach those with the highest social need for transport. To achieve this vision of a transport system that is attractive, reliable and sustainable, the ACT government is rolling out policies, commissioning feasibility studies and progressing infrastructure projects along the major transport corridors.
Building an integrated transport network will help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canberra’s transport network. Canberra’s future network will include both buses and light rail, with light rail being considered in those parts of the city where buses no longer have the capacity to meet growing passenger demand. Buses will provide vital feeder services to support the rapid public transport network. Bus rapid transport will complement and build demand for the light rail network. Walking and cycling networks will also be enhanced as part of the network, improving access to transport hubs, town centres and other key destinations.
As an important part of an integrated transport network, the ACT government is developing a light rail master plan to consider light rail corridor options as part of a long term transport plan. Potential corridors will be assessed against a range of social, environmental and economic criteria, demand forecast modelling and of course community feedback.
The Capital Metro Agency is working with the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate to ensure an integrated and effective public transport service is provided to the Canberra community. Integration with the existing bus network is absolutely critical to the success of the capital metro project and is a key factor in expanding capital metro’s reach beyond residents living within light rail transit corridors. Major interchanges for transfer between the two modes will occur at Gungahlin town centre, Dickson and the city.
The capital metro light rail will also be fully integrated with the ACTION bus fare structure and ticketing system. This means that customers of light rail will be able to use the same card and transfer between light rail and bus under the same rules that apply to the existing ACTION bus network. Capital metro will comply with the national disability standards for accessible public transport. The platform and light rail vehicle will be the same level at all stops for ease of access, with dedicated spaces for wheelchairs and prams once on board.
It is with strategic location of social housing which is well connected to public transport that the public housing renewal program has been guided and most recently facilitated through the territory plan processes. The key factors for undertaking those