There are some people in and about the Christchurch City Hall including Mayor Bob who are dreaming of a light rail system for the rebuilt City.
Rickshaws make more sense.
A first stage is proposed to run from the city center where ever that may exist and Ilam University.
Who is going to need to travel from the old CBD (and we have no idea what will result there from the rebuild) and Ilam.
Prior to Sept 4th 2010 all student accommodation was and still is in a crescent from Bishopdale through Ilam to Sydenham centered on Ilam Uni leaving me and many others wondering who will ever travel by the fruit loop I mean the light rail.
There is some appeal with the largely empty canvas that is much of the old city center to consider such broad brush applications but that area is still surrounded by residential and light industrial in situ and functioning.
For a city with almost all its land area flat and money from payouts fleeing to other Cities and Aus this pipedream is and will remain economic insanity.
Such pie in the sky stupidity must be left to the people who might wish to invest their funds in the rebuild of ChCh and I bet a $k to a knob of possum shit it wont happen unless a bunch of dreamers using OPMs to plan and build it and then go back year on year to the same OPMs to fund the operating costs that will be eyewatering.
Rickshaws, taxis and mini buses to move people is all that will be required because the city is developing in a way that strengthens the already dominating suburban "Hubs", Westfield, Northwood, Hornby, Northlands, Eastgate and The Palms.
Of those only Westfield is within cooee of the pipedream lightrail.
I fear in 50 years time the trouser seat shiners will still be talking about a "PLAN" while the real money stays away because of over restrictive "planning, poor prioritising, stupid descisions from dreamers and ongoing arguments between every one but those holding the chips who will invest elsewhere.
A rebuilt CBD will be dominated in use by Tourism, the Law and The Judicial functions and if and when the rebuild includes a covered Stadium and a Conference center then an efficient people mover from the airport to the rebuilt CBD may have to be created but the natural corridor for that has little relevance to Ilam as the two migrations are at right angles, Ilam Nth/Sth and the other East/West.