Perth (WA) drops light rail in favour of buses

Perth’s Max Light Rail project could be put off for decades if the WA Government proceeds with an alternative plan to use rapid transit buses, Transport Minister Dean Nalder says. “We believe for the next 15 to 20 years, as a minimum, we can provide the solution with a bus,” he said.

Originally promised to be operational by 2018, that start date was later deferred to 2022. The project was initially estimated to cost $1.8 billion, but that later blew out to $2.5 billion. The cost of rapid transit buses is roughly half that of light rail, with an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.

What are the chances Len Brown and his socialist cohorts who run Auckland could learn something from this? Not very high I’d guess.

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