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Ask RiotACT: Should school bus travel be free?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can someone please enlighten me as to why school bus travel is not free in the ACT? A colleague who resides in Qbn and was born in Sydney informs me she never paid for bus travel to and from school in Sydney – and her son gets free daily bus travel each day from Qbn [...]

Uber pick-ups from Canberra Airport back on track

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Uber at Canberra Airport

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 [...]

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

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 [...]

Car sharing in the capital

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Popcar_04

What is car sharing? It’s having a car available to you where you need it when you need it. Car sharing has been in Sydney and other capitals for several years and has now arrived in the ACT with the newest Australian car sharing company, Popcar.
Car sharing is a relatively new concept in the [...]

Budget to fund electric bus trial, 20 new buses, new City Loop

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACTION bus

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 [...]

ACT transport survey extended

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Transport ACT

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 [...]

Ashley Drive duplication to extend to Johnson Drive

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ashley Drive

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 [...]

Financing for light rail project finalised

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

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 [...]

Flexible Bus extended to Gungahlin for seniors, people with disability

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Meegan Fitzharris (right) at the launch of the Flexible Bus in Gungahlin.

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Whose plane at Canberra Airport today?

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

Libs renew vow to stop light rail

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alister Coe

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.
“For [...]

Can the Tram crashes light rail milestone event

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Can the Tram

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 [...]

Contracts signed, light rail is go with bonus extras

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Artist's impression of Civic Plaza

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 crash light rail contract signing announcement

By 17 May 2016
Light rail

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 closed to night traffic

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
road closed detour

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 [...]

Fitzharris seeks feedback on Phillip paid parking scheme

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
parking-sign-stock

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 [...]

Rework for Lanyon shops roundabout

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Roundabout at Lanyon shops

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 [...]

Funds earmarked to complete Cotter Road duplication

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
roadwork generic

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 [...]

Southern entrance of Googong Foreshores closed

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Googong Foreshore

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 trial begins in Manuka

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

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 steals show at bridge opening on Majura Parkway

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tamie Fraser on first drive over bridge

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 [...]

GoGet, Popcar car-sharing trial for ACT

By 18 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Car share announcement - Meegan Fitzharris

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 [...]

Sullivans Creek path upgrades underway in Turner

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Sullivans Creek crossing to be upgraded

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 [...]

TAMS, ACTION, tram to come under one umbrella

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Emma Thomas and Meegan Fitzharris

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 [...]

Tram debate becomes battle of economic reviews

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alister Coe

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 [...]

Libs’ transport plan to boost buses after ditching tram

By 31 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bus stop

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’ ACTION trips free till Sunday for ACT Seniors Week

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Seniors Week logo

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 [...]

Barr pushes for autonomous vehicles trials in Canberra

By 8 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Autonomous vehicle from Google

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 [...]

Bike helmet laws — baby steps

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bike-helmets

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 [...]

Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail model

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 CBR direct flights are go

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Welcome

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 [...]

Plaza would revitalise Civic’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings: Barr

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
An artist's impression of the revitalised Sydney and Melbourne buildings precinct.

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 [...]

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