As cities all over the world begin to reinvent their sustainable means of transportation, Sydney, Australia is getting on the bandwagon with the help of HASSELL, Arup and Aurecon. The New South Wales Government has dedicated a light rail system from Randwick and Kingsford through the CBD to Circular Quay. This $1.6 billion, 12 kilometer project will help reduce urban congestion and will reclaim a number of streets for pedestrians within these populated neighborhoods.
As it stands, the light rail will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick. Over 40% of George Street will become pedestrianized as a result. This along with a new bus improvement strategy throughout the CBD will dramatically shift the transportation flow of the area, and help reduce the carbon emissions in downtown Sydney.
Construction is slated to begin in 2014.