Nevertheless, the best new light rail/tram award must go to the Gold Coast tram system in Queensland. It is only one line but it fast and efficient and soon to be extended and the priority at traffic lights for the trams over cars is how it should be everywhere.
Somewhat more quietly, Canberra, in our capital city territory has been building its own light rail/tram. It should open on the 20th of April this year. Wow, trams can travel at 75 km/h between stops. But speed is far less important for trams than traffic light priority. There is already planning to extend the line. In my opinion, Canberra desperately needs something like this new tram to get tourists from one attraction to another, including our Federal Parliament House, if not for local commuter use.
Even before the line has opened during tram testing there has been a couple of incidents with cars and pedestrians. I came across this video, produced to educate people about using the new tram system. I thought it would be rather ho hum, and doubted I would watch it through, but I did. Of course it is essentially common sense, but then common sense at times is not so common. I assume the Brumbies is the local Canberra rugby team. I am not sure why eating and drinking is not banned on Melbourne's public transport, as it is elsewhere. I hate the stink of hot food circulating through a tram, never mind the rubbish such as take away coffee cups that are left on trams.
Here is the video. As I said, pretty well common sense.