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The Greens have launched an ambitious plan to give the national capital a state-of-the-art light rail system, and called for better public transport planning across the country.

"Access to efficient public transport would make a huge difference to millions of Australians daily lives," said Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown.

"But public transport is severely lacking for many suburbs in all our capital cities.

"There is a clear role for the federal government to take a better coordinating and funding role," said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Scott Ludlam.

"The Greens have proposed a dedicated sustainable transport arm within Infrastructure Australia.

"Light rail is just one aspect of better public transport to improve our cities.

With Greens' transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam and leader Bob Brown, the Greens Senate candidate for the ACT Lin Hatfield-Dodds unveiled a three-stage implementation plan ultimately linking Civic and Capital Hill with Gungahlin and Belconnen to the north, Tuggeranong to the south, the airport and Queanbeyan to the east.

"In a city where the average cost of owning a car is a whopping $147 per week, light rail affords fast, cheap, clean and comfortable transport for the future," said Senator Brown.

"This is the first carriage off the platform in the Greens' proposal for light rail to develop in all Australian cities with amendable corridors.

"The Greens today call for a national inventory and implementation study, beginning with Canberra.

"We estimate the study will cost $10 million," Senator Brown said.

Media contact Erin Farley 0438 376 082

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