Driving past the Stirling council buildings at the moment, it’s been hard to miss the 30-metre-long green tram. The carriages are a promotional exercise by the City of Stirling to try to win public support for its trackless tram proposal. The project, which the city claims is 10 times cheaper than standard light rail, would run from Glendalough station through to Scarborough Beach Road, connecting the northern suburbs train line to the beach. A business case for the proposal was made possible after the Former federal Liberal government gave the council $2 million before the 2019 election. But there are legitimate questions about the real-life testing of these trams, which have so far only been used in centrally planned Chinese cities. How they can then be retrofitted into a city such as Perth is yet to be seen. The tram is going nowhere as the State Government has been pretty clear there’s no path forward for funding. “That’s a matter for the City of Stirling in relation to the infrastructure spend. They’ll need to spend a lot of money on infrastructure to facilitate it,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said at the weekend. “They have fully imported this asset, and like I said, we’re into locally manufactured; it’s not part of our plans.” The reality for Stirling is any off-network project would need support from the State Government and need to integrate with Transperth’s existing system. If Perth is going to pursue an inner city transit model, construction cannot be left to local councils in a piecemeal fashion. Without a champion for this project at a State level, these trams have little chance of leaving the station.