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Transport (3317 Stories)

No more white Commodores

By 11 December 2013

The Deputy Prime Minister has just informed the House that Holden will be closing Australian operations by 2017.
For the many, many Canberrans who have enjoyed the antics of white Commodore drivers over the years it is a black day.
What will take its place?

Toot! Toot! Simon seeking light rail experts

By 11 December 2013

Simon Corbell is having a busy day and is putting out the call for experts to help build Capital Metro:
“The Capital Metro Agency will be seeking experts in transport planning, engineering design and light rail operations to further develop the details of the project so that it can move towards the procurement phase in 2015,” [...]

Take it easy on the way to the coast

By 10 December 2013

Members of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership are urging motorists not to rush these holidays when travelling on the Kings Highway. Eurobodalla Shire Council, a member of the partnership formed six years ago, fully supports the need for motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.
“For the past three summers, drivers are [...]

Where next for the Comcar fleet?

By 10 December 2013

Government News is indulging in some speculation on what the next generation of comcars will be if Holden closes down Australian manufacturing.
In particular what will the treasured Prime Ministerial C-1 be?
If the “buy Australian” imperative goes where would the value for money proposition lie for the lordlings on the hill?

Your re-sealed roads are rubbish!

By 10 December 2013

Gee, it seems we Canberrans will cop anything – even the rubbish they call road re-sealing. You see (hear and feel) all the loose aggregate (stones) and you think ‘oh, this is temporary, they’ll be back to put the proper bitumen coat on’. But they don’t. So our streets now resemble something worse than you’ll [...]

Brindabella Airlines

By 9 December 2013

There’s been a lot of grief about Brindabella Airlines among regional NSW users. For the last 3 weeks, we have had abrupt cancellations, and inappropriate rescheduling.
By inappropriate rescheduling, I mean, receiving an SMS on Saturday afternoon about a flight change from Monday morning to Monday evening. With customer service phones only working from Monday to [...]

The bridge formerly known as red goes in

By 7 December 2013
The bridge formerly known as red goes in

For decades to come visitors to Canberra will be confused by reference to “The Red Bridge” which is clearly grey.
Another John has sent in these images of the construction down Molonglo Reach:
Cycling round da lake gonna be back to normal soon
If these here photos are anything to go by.
It’ll be a shame knowing that we, [...]

Sections of Lady Denman Drive closed this Sunday due to Triathalon

By 6 December 2013

More useful info from TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a road closure on Sunday as part of the Triathlon ACT December Festival 2013.
A section of Lady Denman Drive between Clunies Ross Street and Forrest Drive will be closed from 6 am to 12.30 pm on Sunday 8 [...]

City Bus Station closed on Sunday

By 6 December 2013

A quick FYI from Tams:
Reminder: The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement.
All services will continue to run to the Sunday timetable, but no services will arrive or depart from the City Bus [...]

Re-Roadworks on Cotter Road?

By 6 December 2013

Hey Rioters,
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

Hi,
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

Politics trumps hard-headed reason on bicycle helmets

By 4 December 2013
Politics trumps hard-headed reason on bicycle helmets

By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]

No bus interchange this Sunday

By 4 December 2013

TAMS have advised that the Civic Bus Interchange is getting some roadworks this Sunday and they’ll be running the Sunday schedule out of the Northbourne bus stops:
The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement. [...]

Barr celebrates his capital works spending

By 3 December 2013

Andrew Barr is making sure we all know about his capital works expenditure:
In 2012-13, the Government spent $579 million to deliver important infrastructure for the community. This is $16 million more than the outcome estimated in the 2012-13 Budget Review of $563 million.
This report demonstrates the ability of the ACT Government to deliver upon [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013
ACTION's yellow bus stop posts find a new life

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Barry Drive Lane Closure today

By 29 November 2013

Probably a bit late for most of your morning commutes, but here’s some info for those of you who use Barry Drive:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the Belconnen bound lanes of Barry Drive will be closed between Northbourne Avenue and Marcus Clarke Street from 9.30 am today for [...]

Alcohol and drug roadside testing laws strengthened

By 28 November 2013

Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]

Free buses for seasonal drunks!

By 28 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury has dramatically announced that there will be no cost at all to ride the NightRider buses this year:
“To build on the success of the ACTION Nightrider bus service, and in recognition of the important role it plays for late night transport and safety, I have decided to trial the service for free this [...]

Angle Crossing open again

By 27 November 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Angle Crossing is now reopen.
The road had been closed due to heavy rainfall and high water levels.
For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
[Courtesy TAMS]

TOOT TOOT! Light Rail the Universal Panacea!

By 27 November 2013

Simon Corbell is blowing his own steam whistle on the virtues of his consultation for the planned Capital Metro line between Gungahlin and Civic.
And my golly gosh won’t it fix a load of things:
“Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative [...]

The Barton Putting Highway?

By 27 November 2013

On the 6th of November at 7:50am I was driving along the Barton Highway when my car was struck by a golf ball from the golf course that runs alongside there.
Given that I was driving in the left lane at the limit of 80kmph and (being Canberra) had someone tailgating me, I had little choice [...]

ACTION buses the cleanest in the country

By 27 November 2013

Don’t be alarmed, I mean in terms of emissions standards. If you’re like me after reading the above statement you probably immediately started to worry about the hygiene standards of the rest of Australia’s busses if ACTION turned out to be the gold standard, but don’t worry.
Different thing.
Shane Rattenbury today announced ACTION new busses will [...]

Have some thoughts on Kaleen and Wanniassa street improvements?

By 26 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury ask asked for feedback on the proposed changes to Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa.
Go check out what’s what and get back to Shane on it. If sure the Hive mind here will have a few suggestions.
“Traffic calming schemes are a proven road safety treatment. Canberra’s residential neighbourhoods should, as [...]

Whole hundreds cry out for a pedestrian crossing at Trinity Christian School

By 26 November 2013
Whole hundreds cry out for a pedestrian crossing at Trinity Christian School

We’re still waiting to hear back from Trinity Christian School about their disabled parking arrangements.
But more recently, this time last month, the Liberals started making noise about their desire for a pedestrian crossing over McBryde Crescent.
One of our readers had some interesting things to say on the subject:
#3 taninaus
7:53 am, 25 Oct 13
drove past there [...]

Tourist Drives dead?

By 26 November 2013

Upon reading the article about the Canberra Tracks, it has occurred to me that not a lot of effort has been put into Canberra’s Tourist Drives for a few years.  
I noticed they are no longer signposted as they used to be as well as not being advertised as they were since the 90s.
Anyone [...]

Canberra Tracks. One site to rule them all

By 26 November 2013
Canberra Tracks. One site to rule them all

Simon Corbell has announced a new website to keep tabs on all the tracks:
The Canberra Tracks network of heritage signage has come of age with a brand new interactive website giving full access to the intriguing stories of numerous sites across the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
“Until [...]

Reader Challenge! Rearrange this Liberal headline!

By 25 November 2013

Liberal Senator Seselja and Liberal MLA Coe have joined forces to tell us what Zed’s going to do for ACT roads with Alistair’s help.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for the ACT, has been appointed Chair of the ACT Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs. Deputy [...]

Road safety cameras being evaluated

By 20 November 2013
Road safety cameras being evaluated

Simon Corbell announced today that Canberra’s road safety camera program is to be evaluated in order to assess what its impact exactly has been on crash and speeding rates in the ACT.
Proposals will be sought by the end of the year with evaluatin taking place over the first half of 2014.
“The ACT’s Road Safety Camera [...]

Rockslide cleared on Corin Road

By 19 November 2013

This just in from TAMS:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Corin Road is now reopen. The road had been closed at Woods Reserve since late-September due to a rock slide.

The Red Bridge rides again! (Now in grey)

By 18 November 2013
The Red Bridge rides again! (Now in grey)

Shane Rattenbury has mixed news from Molonglo Reach where after a pathetically drawn out process the bike path along Morshead Drive is finally getting replaced using the old Red Bridge from the Belconnen Mall.
Sadly though “blending into the landscape” has been more important than the Bridge’s own historic values.
“The new bridge, which previously connected Westfield [...]

For Gawd’s Sake! lets bring in rego for bikes

By 17 November 2013
For Gawd's Sake! lets bring in rego for bikes

I am aware this will become a bike vs car thread. So be it.

This past week, during my usual bicycle commutes to and from work, I had three separate but related incidents with cars.
1. Riding along Dudley St, Yarralumla, car swings wide to overtake me with a blind crest ahead, gets surprised when oncoming traffic [...]

New taxi meters. Check the rate!

By 17 November 2013

Some Canberra taxis have new meters installed.
Yesterday, in the second time in as many weeks, I got into a cab around 6pm, and noticed the rate was set on the more expensive option (Rate 2, which starts at 9pm). Both times on notifying the driver that the rate was incorrect, I got the same response [...]

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