Light Rail: Could be suitable for places like Wellington. But would it be a financial reality in the short and medium term?
Wellington is among those cities that are particularly well suited to light rail (also known as modern trams). With light rail completing the Wellington suburban rail network – by extending through the CBD and to the Hospital and Airport – the city and region will benefit in three main ways; improved transport services, a better environment and economic development.
Until recently, the term “light rail” in Wellington always meant what is now called tram-train: running trams on the suburban rail network and along the Golden Mile and then to the Hospital and Airport. We believe this traditional vision of “light rail” with an unbroken public transport spine offers the greatest benefits for our region of half a million.