Light rail is a frequent and reliable mode of public transport that connects people to where they need to go. Modern, air-conditioned and driver-operated vehicles will travel along a dedicated track, featuring an innovative and sustainable design.

How light rail works

The Parramatta Light Rail will be powered by a combination of electricity from overhead wires and roof-mounted rechargeable batteries for wire-free operation. The batteries will be charged via the overhead wires and an in-ground charging station at the Westmead Terminus.

The light rail will travel on three different types of dedicated track: concrete, ballast, and 'green’ track, where grass and/or groundcover is featured beside and between the rails.

How light rail works

 

Key benefits of light rail

  • Quieter than other forms of transport
  • Energy efficient and environmentally friendly
  • Reduces road and traffic congestion
  • Can carry lots of passengers at any one time
  • Features air-conditioned, comfortable and accessible vehicles
  • Provides a regular 'turn up and go' service
  • Improves connectivity to key local places of interest

 

History of light rail

Historically known as 'trams' or 'trolleys', light rail was a key mode of public transport in the 1800-1960s. Light rail has regained popularity in recent times due to its health and environmental benefits, as well as its ability to carry large volumes of passengers due to its new, state of- the art design. Around 28,000 people are expected use Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail each day by 2026.

 

Did you know?

Parramatta will be the third city in NSW to feature light rail behind Sydney and Newcastle, and will connect to existing bus, ferry and train services.

How to ride

The Parramatta Light Rail will offer high frequency 'turn up and go' services seven days a week, departing every 7.5 minutes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. 

Passengers will use their NSW Opal Card or credit card to tap on and off their light rail journey. 

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect passengers from Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia. Stage 2 planning is underway to connect Stage 1 and the Parramatta CBD to Camellia, Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park.