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A LIGHT rail system is the key to solving not just Hobart’s traffic congestion issues but its housing woes too, says a leading voice on developing sustainable cities.
Curtin University’s Professor Peter Newman, who has authored 20 books on sustainability and was instrumental in the renaissance of Perth’s rail system, said the State Government needed to hop aboard a light rail service now.
The proposed light rail would connect the northern suburbs with the CBD and has been part of the discussion between local, state and federal governments as part of the Hobart City Deal.
Prof Newman said a strong reason the government hadn’t acted on a light rail in the past was because there wasn’t much growth.
Times have changed.
“The housing-led approach, which says we need a train because it will unlock land development along that corridor, didn’t have much sway,” he said.
“Hobart’s housing crisis is providing the impetus private developers need to become part of the project.
“Let’s take this light rail and develop sites like Moonah, which is terrific for urban development, and let’s transform the city.”
An artist’s impression of the Hobart light rail proposal.Prof Newman recently returned from China where he observed the development of the trackless tram, which he said could work in Hobart and complement a light rail system.
“Most cities are going to get trackless trams and they are essentially turning a bus into a train,” he said.
Prof Newman said cities in America such as Los Angeles and Detroit, once heavily reliant on cars, had splashed out on train infrastructure.
“To keep accommodating the car just makes things worse, wasting more money in trying to solve a problem,” he said.
Prof Newman said Hobart’s dormant rail line was a dream for any city particularly one with Hobart’s housing and congestion challenges.
In the lead-up to the state election the Government promised to “accelerate negotiations” with the Federal Government to develop the light rail service,
Professor Newman, will join Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein, transport economist Bob Cotgrove and Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston to debate solutions in a Q&A at Hobart Town Hall on Thursday at 6pm.
The event is free.
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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