Tech & Science Trackless trams an option for Sydney's boom precinct
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Operating trackless trams to Sydney's south-east is under consideration to help ease growing pressure on the transport network to service a booming population at the Green Square precinct.
The state government has had discussions with the City of Sydney about running trackless trams to Green Square, which will become Australia's most densely populated precinct within a decade.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he was open to considering trackless trams because the council had designed new streets wide enough to cater for such a transport solution.
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The Metro West line is not due for another decade and is unlikely to ease the burden.Half of suburban lines have at least some trains unable to fit more passengers on during the busiest hour of the peak from 8am to 9am, figures from the state's transport agency show.
"We should absolutely have a look at it. What we are seeing around the world now is this type of trialling of a longer, separated vehicle from the rest of the traffic with its own dedicated tram stops," he said. "Why wouldn't we explore it? It's a no-brainer."
The City of Sydney council has spent $40 million progressively buying land to preserve a four-kilometre corridor from the CBD to Green Square. It had hoped that a light rail line would eventually be built along the corridor but the government has shown no appetite for this.
Green Square station and bus services to and from the precinct, which encompasses Waterloo, Zetland and parts of Alexandria and Rosebery, are under increasing pressure as the population booms due to construction of scores of apartment buildings.
A look at Sydney's light rail from over 100 years ago
With the launch of Sydney's light rail network fast approaching, 9News has been given an exclusive insight into how Sydney's tram lines operated more than 100 years ago. The National Film and Sound Archive have released vision, which shows the view from the driver's cabin as he operates the tram along George Street in 1906.In the vision, a young boy employed by council to clean manure from the streets is seen crossing the tracks, pushing a pan and broom – known as a block boy. © NFSA Sydney's tramlines in 1906.
The number of passengers entering and exiting Green Square station on a week day hit almost 25,000 last year - up more than 30 per cent in two years.
Asked how soon trackless trams could be operating to Green Square, Mr Constance said technology was changing quickly and "if things are happening at pace and speed, we have got to keep an open mind and we have to be innovative".
He said it was too early to put a figure on cost of trackless trams.
Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said the council had been actively considering the latest technologies in mass transit, including trackless trams, for Green Square.
"These electric mass transit vehicles have the potential to carry hundreds of our residents and workers to and from the area," she said.
Cr Moore said improving transport options to service the growing residential and worker population in Green Square was critical to its future sustainability and success.
"It will be the most densely populated area in Australia in 2030, but peak-hour public transport services are already overcrowded, unreliable and operate at a walking pace," she said.
The state government is also considering operating trackless trams on what had been slated to be the second stage of the Parramatta light rail line from Rydalmere to Olympic Park.
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