"We got to the city hall and what relief after all the construction we saw," said Constance. "It's a big sign that we're not too far now."
Passenger travel should begin on the surface subway in December, on the first line of the line between Circular Quay and Randwick, in the east of the city. The second stage, from Randwick to Kingsford, will open months later, in March next year.
This week's test is a significant milestone for the project, which was marked by repeated delays and delays in costs.
It comes several weeks after the Berejiklian government put an end to a standoff with the consortium delivering the project and its Spanish construction contractor on a $ 576 million deal.
The two parties were involved in a dispute over allegations that the government had not told contractors that it had not resolved how to handle crucial power cables at the CBD when the contracts were signed.
The redirection of these cables was responsible for some of the delays in the construction of the light rail.
But contractors are not guaranteed to receive the full value of the settlement. About $ 130 million of the agreement will only be made to ALTRAC if they meet their new deadlines.
When the project was first announced, it was due to be completed in March this year.
A collective action of $ 400 million of retailers interrupted by the construction of the light rail line continues in progress in the Supreme Court of NSW.
The trolley tests will continue at Randwick, Moore Park, Surry Hills and Chalmers Street outside of Central Station as the line prepares for paying passengers.
with Juliette O & # 39; Brien
Nick is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.