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Canberra light rail starts carrying the public on a preview and launch day

On 18 April 2019 light rail began carrying members of the Canberra public along light rail stage one from Gungahlin to Civic. This ‘soft launch’ was also to be a test ahead of the official opening to the public on 20 April. The excited passengers waited at each of the three major stops, boarded and set out for the first trip! Some stayed to observe the political events, but most went excitedly about the rest of their day, after being lucky enough to be on the very first trip on Canberra’s brand new light rail. Several PTCBR members attended and were fortunate to be invited to the launch and the lunch. This post has lots of photos of the days events, and a few links to local media coverage.

Canberra companies building our light rail

Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris MLA recently advised the Assembly of the Canberra companies that are helping to build light rail stage one. She advised the Assembly that: 58% of the contracts for stage one have been let to Canberra owned companies. Of the 137 local contracts, they are shared between 114 local companies. That is a great result for a project where one of the objectives was to grow local expertise in building light rail.