After three months of difficulties booking Uber pick-ups at Canberra Airport, the ride-sharing service has announced the issue is resolved and passengers can now open the app, request a ride and meet their driver at the Express Pickup Area.
In March, Uber users found that it was not possible to call an Uber to collect them [...]
The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]
The ACT Government will allocate $17 million in tomorrow’s ACT Budget for transport services, including 20 new buses for the territory, a new city loop service, an electric bus trial, new services in Weston Creek and Molonglo and a Park & Ride facility in Wanniassa.
The spend will also cover the cost of improvements to the [...]
Canberra’s commuters have two more days to comment on the direction of public transport in the ACT, with the online survey set to close on Friday.
The survey, available here, has attracted 2,410 contributors since going live in early May.
Transport minister Meegan Fitzharris said more than 1,000 respondents (46.9%) had described public transport reform as one of the [...]
The ACT Government will spend $3.5 million over two years to duplicate the section of Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris announced today.
The funds would be allocated as part of next month’s 2016-2017 ACT Budget.
Ms Fitzharris said the government had already invested $24.6 million [...]
The ACT government and the Canberra Metro consortium confirmed on Tuesday that financing arrangements for the capital’s light rail project had been finalised.
The Capital Metro minister Simon Corbell said achieving financial close meant the term of the contract had begun.
“Canberra Metro will work closely with the ACT government in the lead-up to the start of construction activities [...]
Residents of Gungahlin will from next month be able to access the ACT Government’s free weekday Flexible Bus service, which collects passengers who have made a booking from their home, takes them to their destination and returns them home.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris (pictured above right) said seniors and people with [...]
I didn’t get a good look at it, but there is a plane parked over at Fairbairn.
It’s about Boeing 717 size.
The livery on the tail looks like a cross between Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines: It is in Singapore Airlines colours, but the stylised bird is more like a horizontal version of the Lufthansa crane than [...]
The Canberra Liberals have renewed their vow to stop light rail, describing yesterday’s announcement that contracts have been signed and work will begin on the project next month as “the most arrogant act in the ACT’s history”.
They have also called on the Government to publish the full contract and any sub-contracts in full.
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed a media event yesterday to mark the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
The protesters held a large anti-tram banner behind Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell as he made the announcement that paves the way for the start of construction on [...]
The ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro, yesterday signed contracts for stage one of the project and confirmed that construction on the Gungahlin to City route will commence next month.
At a media event to announce the signing, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell unveiled an upgraded plan for the Alinga St [...]
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed the announcement today on Northbourne Avenue of the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
See a more detailed version of this story here, learn more about the signing of the contract here, and see how the Canberra Liberals reacted here.
The protesters [...]
Anthony Rolfe Avenue in Gungahlin will be closed to night-time traffic from tomorrow until the end of the week for maintenance work.
The road will be out of operation from Horse Park Drive to Waghorn Street/Moonlight Avenue between 7pm and 6am from Tuesday to Friday.
It will fully reopen to traffic from Saturday morning.
The closures are to allow asphalt [...]
Local businesses can have their say on the expansion of paid parking in Phillip by attending a consultation session at Woden Library from 5-7pm today.
Transport and municipal services minister Meegan Fitzharris urged businesses operating in the area to provide feedback on the proposed parking arrangements.
“We want to ensure parking is structured so that local customers can find [...]
The ACT Government is implementing changes to the roundabout at the intersection of Tharwa Drive, Box Hill Avenue and Woodcock Drive next to Lanyon shops, with roadwork affecting the area tomorrow and on Wednesday.
The works will change traffic arrangements on the approach to the roundabout from Box Hill Avenue.
The right turn lane on Box [...]
The ACT government announced on Thursday it has earmarked funds from its 2016/17 budget to complete the Cotter Road duplication.
The budget will commit $28.9m to the project in 2016/17 and over the forward estimates, with the aim to complete the project in 2018/19.
The project has been part of the Government’s forward planning on transport infrastructure [...]
The ACT Government wishes to advise residents and visitors that the gate entrance off London Bridge Road at the southern entrance of Googong has been closed today, Monday 9 May 2016, meaning there is no vehicle access to the southern end of the Googong Foreshores.
The closure is the result of wet weather in the area [...]
Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.
The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.
Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses [...]
Tamie Fraser fought back tears as she discussed her late husband Malcolm Fraser’s legacy during a speech today to mark the announcement that the Majura Parkway Bridge over the Molonglo River is to be named in the ex-Prime Minister’s honour.
A respected humanitarian in later life, Malcolm Fraser resigned from the Liberal Party soon after Tony [...]
Two car-sharing companies, GoGet and Popcar, will provide Canberrans with access to small fleets of their vehicles as part of a two-year trial of the transport option.
Car sharing works by having a fleet of cars available to be booked at any time, day or night, with customers paying a fee determined by how far they [...]
Work has begun this week on the $1.5 million upgrade of the Sullivans Creek shared path promised in the last ACT budget, with the first stage of the inner north project due for completion by the end of this month.
The shared path runs alongside Sullivans Creek, through the suburbs of Lyneham, O’Connor and Turner.
Sullivans Creek [...]
The ACT Government will merge its Territory and Municipal Services department with its planned Transport Canberra organisation to form a new ACT Government directorate responsible for ACTION buses, light rail, active travel and local services from July 1. The directorate will be called Transport Canberra and City Services.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris [...]
The ACT Government has released a second independent review of the business case for stage one of its planned light rail network in reaction to the publication yesterday of comments critical of the project in a report from independent think tank the Grattan Institute.
The Grattan Institute’s report into transport investment in Australia included a short [...]
A Liberal ACT Government would provide eight separate rapid bus routes across Canberra, City to Airport bus services and faster non-stop suburban bus services to the major office hubs as part of a light rail-free revamp of the territory’s public service system.
The ACTION-bus focused offerings form key components of the transport plan the Canberra Liberals’ [...]
Seniors Card holders can travel for free on ACTION buses until this Sunday as part of ACT Seniors Week.
Those with combined Seniors and MyWay cards must tag on and off as usual to ensure data is captured for transport planning purposes, but will not be charged. Those without the joint card should present their ACT [...]
In a serious pitch to become a pioneering test city for autonomous vehicles, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said today that even Canberra’s notorious roundabouts could play a role in helping to attract global players in the developing market to the capital for trials of driverless cars.
Mr Barr told the Legislative Assembly this morning [...]
I wrote about the compulsory wearing of bike helmets back in 2014 suggesting that the laws were ill-conceived, arbitrary and downright dangerous.
I talked about the benefits of cycling and admitted happily that helmets do in fact prevent soft tissue injury and hairline fractures. But I also suggested that the increased head mass due to the [...]
The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]
Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.
As foreshadowed last week, there will be four [...]
A proposed plaza between the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in Civic would help Canberrans reclaim the iconic art deco landmarks and revitalise the precinct, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Mr Barr has today invited Canberrans to have a say on a Government strategy to create a series of “urban villages” at key points on [...]