Passing the community test: a co-benefits approach to evaluating the case for light rail in Canberra, Australia

The city of Canberra (Australia national capital), is in the early phases of the design and implementation of a light rail rapid transit (LRT) system for this predominantly suburban community of approximately 350,000 people. In an effort to sustain community support, this project is being promoted as having far greater impacts outside the direct benefit to future commuters; especially its potential to change urban form, connectivity, accessibility and behaviour change, as well as attracting economic investment. This paper reports on the development of conceptual framework to identify the potential impact of LRT on the Canberra community using a co-benefits approach. The paper uses concepts developed by Walker and Salt (2012) as an organising principle to identify key variables of concern for the Canberra community with regards to the introduction of the LRT. This proposed conceptual model uses a matrix to identify the tangible (e.g. intermodal) and intangible (i.e. social and cultural) connections that are important to transforming people’s behaviour, perceptions and expectations with respect to the LRT in Canberra. We establish a systematic approach to identifying the potential co- benefits and unintended consequences of LRT projects in the published literature. We argue that by adopting a conceptual framework based on resilience theory, researchers are better able to engage with the issues that are of most concern to the Canberra community. As part of a larger research project, this paper seeks to identify specific emergent impacts resulting from the development and early adoption of LRT in Australia's National Capital.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: State of Australian cites national conference 2015, 9-11 December, Gold Coast, Queensland: SOAC conference proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01599137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925455038
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 18 2016 3:58PM