Vancouver Take Note – Trams In, Cars Out In Sydney, Australia Transport Planning!
Here is a news item that should give the City of Vancouver planners and engineers something to think about, make cars defer to trams.
In Vancouver, the hierarchy for transportation is bicycles first, cars second and public transit third. It’s OK to close a city street for cyclists, but its not OK to close a city street for light rail.
In Sydney Australia with a population of 4.5 million, they are providing car drivers with a viable light rail alternative, that links major transit destinations including the central business district, while in Vancouver, providing an affordable transit alternative to major destinations is seen as heresy as transit is built solely to promote high density construction.
This gets Zwei wondering; “Who owns the properties adjacent to proposed SkyTrain subway stations?”
Could it be friends of government and TransLink?
From ABC News – Australia.
Trams in, cars out in Sydney CBD transport plan
The New South Wales Government has unveiled its final transport master plan, which confirms it will build a light rail line through Sydney’s central business district and ban cars from much of George Street.
A 12 kilometre tram line will link Circular Quay and Central Railway Station to the Sydney Cricket Ground, Randwick Racecourse and the University of New South Wales.
Private cars will be banned from about 40 per cent of George Street, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street.
The CBD’s bus network will also be redesigned to reduce congestion.
The light rail plan is at odds with the 20-year vision for the state outlined in a report from Infrastructure NSW that was released in October.
The advisory body recommended against reintroducing trams to inner Sydney, instead suggesting bus tunnels beneath George Street to serve the CBD.
The Government says it will support 59 of the 70 recommendations included in the Infrastructure NSW report.
Of the 11 recommendations that are being ignored is advice to preserve land around Badgerys Creek to build a second Sydney airport, and to put off building a second harbour rail crossing.
Premier Barry O’Farrell says the Government expects to invest $300 billion into infrastructure over the next two decades, but some Commonwealth funding will also be needed.
Glenn Byres from the Property Council of Australia says owners of commercial, residential and retail buildings in central Sydney are happy with the light rail plan.
“We think it’s got a great opportunity to overhaul the amenity and urban domain of George Street,” he said.
“Of course the disruption that will be caused during construction will have to be managed sensibly and sensitively, but we think on balance this is a good long-term decision for the future of the city.”
But Opposition Leader John Robertson says it is another plan with no details on how it will be funded.
“New South Wales taxpayers have a right to know how each of these projects is going to be paid for,” Mr Robertson said.
“Are we going to see increased fares for commuters travelling from western Sydney or the central coast to pay for a light rail project in the eastern suburbs?”