RE: Tram line Extension.
To the members of the Capital City Committee,
I would like to commend those involved in the decision to extend the Glenelg Tramline through to North Terrace. I would just like to give you my support in light of all the negative comments so unfortunately posted in the Advertiser newspaper by certain reporters.
I congrate all of you for your foresight in turning Adelaide from Australia's backwater into a benchmark for other cities to follow.
In a recent poll conducted on http://www.sensational-adelaide.com, 91% of voters were IN FAVOUR of the tram line extension, and most were in favour of having the line extended to North Adelaide and through to the west and northern suburbs. Mind you many members of s-a.com are North Adelaide and Adelaide CBD residents.
Once again, keep doing what you're doing.
Howie wrote:I'm not too sure. I personally am in favour of light rail versus heavy rail.
It'd be practical in a city in adelaide where, the tram doesn't have to compete all too much with traffic here (i.e. we don't live in a city that's too congested) so the speed advantage of trains would be minimal. I say that because benefit heavy rail has over trams in terms of speed is that it has absolute right of way at intersections, also it would probably have fewer stops. But by the same token, tram's are more city friendly in that you don't need a platform to get on and off, and once laid, the cost of extending the tram network is significantly cheaper than laying new tracks (in that i can share infrastructure such as roads don't require tunnels etc).
Trams could also make some bus and train routes redundant. E.g. if i'm to catch a train to the city, i firstly have to board a bus to westfield arndale, then the circle line to the woodville station, then catch the grange train. All of that just to get to train station that's 1.5km away from me. If they however, had a tram running directly into westfield arndale / westfield westlakes / port adelaide city centre, imagine the patronage they'd pick up and the number of busses they could put to better use elsewhere.
I can also see Tram's fitting in with the government's green city strategy. By reducing the amount of fossil fueled combustion engines on our public transport system will lead to benefits for all of us.
Anyhow that's just my 2 cents.
Algernon wrote:I'll laugh if this becomes an election issue.
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