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Centenary loop closing down

By 3 January 2014 11

It seems nuts that bus service is worth running only when the city age goose eggs are rolled over, but TAMS are giving notice that the Centenary Loop bus service is singing with the choir invisible:

The successful Centenary Loop service, also known as Route 100, will come to an end on Sunday afternoon following 335 days of service and over 128,000 passenger boardings, Bren Burkevics, Chief Operating Officer, Public Transport, announced today.

“The Centenary Loop, which commenced on 4 February 2013 and has operated every 30 minutes from 9 am to 4.30 pm seven days a week, will make its last stop on Sunday 5 January 2014,” Mr Burkevics said.

“The free loop bus service was only funded to run as a special service during 2013, as part of the activities and celebrations to help commemorate Canberra’s centenary year. The service was expected to finish on 31 December 2013 however it was decided to extended the service by five days to give locals and visitors a final chance to see the city over the holiday period.

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11 Responses to Centenary loop closing down
#1
HiddenDragon11:51 am, 04 Jan 14

Yes, spending money on clunky marketing will achieve so much more than boring, practical stuff like this.

#2
ChrisinTurner5:21 pm, 04 Jan 14

Just when the government plan to discourage parking in the Triangle they remove a successful free service. Overuse?

#3
c_c™5:30 pm, 04 Jan 14

HiddenDragon said :

Yes, spending money on clunky marketing will achieve so much more than boring, practical stuff like this.

It’s actually history repeating itself. Back in the 90s, ACTION purchased a set of Mitsubishi busses that were externally styled to look like trams and on the inside had rather nicely designed woodwork interiors. They operated on a free city to triangle route that was reportedly very popular. They axed it. Was hoping this time they may have better sense.

#4
thatsnotme6:05 pm, 04 Jan 14

So I figure that’s something like an average of 22 passengers per bus, which probably destroys the average of plenty of suburban routes.

I was in Wollongong yesterday, and noticed they’ve got a free city loop bus. I would have thought that there was way more justification for a service like this in Canberra compared to Wollongong…

#5
Persephone6:11 pm, 04 Jan 14

Ahh, one of the few busses that only had standing room really should be axed, as this is the logical thing to do (using ACT government logic, which involves buying a terrible art, ACTPLA, etc etc)

Using the same ACT government logic, the majority of poor mans limos (term I use when there is 1 passenger on the bus), should surely stay as is. What was particularly awesome was when I recently took a stretched poor mans limo on a non-peak time service that at most has 10 people on the bus when it is peak time! Lol

#6
IrishPete7:36 pm, 04 Jan 14

The timings were probably never going to work for commuters (0900 to 1630), at least not both ways. Extend the loop to the airport, and eventually replace it with a light rail service, Shane. That’s what I say. Doesn’t even have to be free.

IP

#7
magiccar910:36 pm, 04 Jan 14

And what has this bus route cost the taxpayers over those 335 days?

#8
Ian11:06 pm, 04 Jan 14

magiccar9 said :

And what has this bus route cost the taxpayers over those 335 days?

$750k according to Katy G’s election promise costing.

#9
ChrisinTurner12:32 am, 05 Jan 14

The taxpayer already pays between 80% and 90% of the cost of ACTION and at least half of the rest would be saved by not charging fares. The government told the old ACTION Advisory Committee that it is not a question of economics. They said the problem with fare-free public transport is that too many people would use the service! True!

#10
steveu8:12 am, 05 Jan 14

ChrisinTurner said :

The taxpayer already pays between 80% and 90% of the cost of ACTION and at least half of the rest would be saved by not charging fares. The government told the old ACTION Advisory Committee that it is not a question of economics. They said the problem with fare-free public transport is that too many people would use the service! True!

Bingo.

This local council really needs to have a good look at itself.
People are literally persecuted for using cars, yet they cut bus services or eliminate them alltogether.
Not everyone can ride their bicycle to work. As for commuting times, trying to make a comparison to sydney (or any other capital for that matter) is simply stupid, they are very, very different cities.

#11
HiddenDragon12:02 pm, 05 Jan 14

steveu said :

ChrisinTurner said :

The taxpayer already pays between 80% and 90% of the cost of ACTION and at least half of the rest would be saved by not charging fares. The government told the old ACTION Advisory Committee that it is not a question of economics. They said the problem with fare-free public transport is that too many people would use the service! True!

Bingo.

This local council really needs to have a good look at itself.
People are literally persecuted for using cars, yet they cut bus services or eliminate them alltogether.
Not everyone can ride their bicycle to work. As for commuting times, trying to make a comparison to sydney (or any other capital for that matter) is simply stupid, they are very, very different cities.

….and not everyone has a ratepayer funded car with a reserved parking spot just outside the office. Take those privileges away, and a more reasonable, practical approach might, just, in time (etc. etc.) be taken to Canberra transport issues.

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