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Is ACTION trying to do too much?

Moonlight bus

The ACT Council on the Aging last year held a public transport forum for getting senior non-drivers around Canberra. As a result of an accident I had my own experience of our ACTION bus service and the two events set me thinking: are we trying to do too much?
I cannot speak for peak hour [...]

ACTION offers 14 free Christmas Day services

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTION will provide a free bus service on Christmas Day so people can get to Christmas events and spend the day with family and friends.
“ACTION will operate 14 special bus routes that will travel between major shopping centres and local town centres on Christmas Day – all of which will be free,” Acting Minister for [...]

Woden bus platforms close for maintenance

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Woden bus station platform closures

A number of platforms at Woden Bus Station will be temporarily closed after the morning peak today, according to ACTION.
“From 10 am, platforms 8, 9 and 10 will be temporarily closed to allow for unforeseen maintenance work required by ActewAGL,” Bren Burkevics, ACTION’s Chief Operating Officer, said today.
“Bus services that would usually operate from these [...]

ACTION, Capital Metro to merge under Transport Canberra umbrella

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Transport ACT

A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...] – web app for ACTION buses

Ask RiotACT

As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Bus drivers take ACTION and support people living with cancer

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTION bus drivers will be sporting Hawaiian shirts today (Friday 5 December 2014) to raise awareness of ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group’s Hawaiian Shirt Day.
“Across Canberra, ACTION bus drivers will proudly wear a Hawaiian shirt today to support families who have a member undergoing treatment for cancer and we are encouraging commuters to do [...]

Diversions to ACTION’s services on section of Constitution Avenue

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Constitution Avenue diversion map

Commencing Monday 1 December 2014, ACTION will implement diversions to all bus services that use Constitution Avenue in the City between London Circuit and Coranderrk Street. The changes will be in place for weekday and weekend services and for the duration of the Constitution Avenue upgrade works.
“Constitution Avenue is a major thoroughfare for buses, with [...]

Make a safe bet with ACTION this Melbourne Cup Day

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTION buses is putting on special services to and from Thoroughbred Park this Melbourne Cup day, Tuesday 4 November 2014. If you are planning on having a few drinks at the races make sure you
play it safe and take the bus.
“Routes 56, 57, 58 will divert into Thoroughbred Park between 9 am and 6 [...]

Seek a refund from ACTION for overcharging

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have just been in contact with ACTION due to my card being overcharged for some transactions – depending upon the timing of you tagging on vs when the bus changes over route numbers at the start of / end of a route or turnaround on a route, the system thinks that you are on [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 2

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This is the second of my three part series looking at the ACTION network 14. My first post focused on changes north of the lake. This write up focuses on changes Southside. Part three will hopefully be published early next week and will look at the changes to the weekend timetables.
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]

10 (viable) ways to improve ACTION

By 28 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

So after living in Canberra for 5 years without owning a car I have experienced the best and the worst that our public transport network – ACTION has to offer. Generally ACTION provides a good network but there are things about it that are lacking. I have come up with a list of 10 things that [...]

ACTION fail again – Australia Day 2014

By 24 January 2014

So, ACTION has once again failed to deliver anything useful.
We were thinking about going to the big day down at Regatta Point on Sunday, for the shows, displays and fireworks. Instead of driving and having to do the big long walk from Civic to the lake, I found that Action are doing post-show shuttle services [...]

Bitcoin MyWay Recharge?

By 23 January 2014

Hey everyone,
We’re super excited to announce we’ve crossed the 50,000 active user mark for our MyBus 2.0 app.
We wanted to do something special to thank everyone for their support, and we got tired of waiting for the real-time feeds to become available (the launch date has been a roving target…), so we decided to [...]

Another ACTION whinge, but I think it’s justified.

By 20 January 2014

I have been catching a bus to work as of late. Some days I start work around 12pm, and I don’t work in the city or a town centre.
Today I was walking down to the stop to catch the 11:13am bus. I always attempt to get to the stop 6 to 7 minutes early because [...]

Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

By 10 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
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The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Four years later the Belconnen Community Service has brought to YouTube the cinematic tale of the last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange:
In2Change – Belconnen Bus Interchange (1979 – 2009)
Published on 2 Jan 2014
A short film by Cara Hine – An Artistic Response to Urban Change

The wheels of the NXTBUS go round and round

By 18 December 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is giving a progress report on the NXTBUS rollout:
Initial feedback from users of ACTION’s NXTBUS real time system is proving valuable in assisting with the roll out across the ACTION fleet, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
About 50 participants across a range of key stakeholders including Pedal Power and [...]

Bus fares going up up up

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury is letting it be known that a stonking 7.5% bus fare increase is going to hit in the new year:
New fares for travel on ACTION buses will come into effect in the New Year, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“From 4 January 2014, ACTION bus fares will increase [...]

And your Christmas goverment services will be…

By 13 December 2013

If, God help you, government services are essential to you this Christmas you’d better get reading on what’s available.
The lazy bastards at ACTION will be going to reduced services from Monday 23 December.
Taking into account the weekends before and after they’re largely taking off from 21 December to 6 January despite there only being 3 [...]

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. [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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’ [...]

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 [...]

Do you have what it takes to be an ACTION driver?

By 11 November 2013

While their online personas may be rude, abusive, and staggeringly entitled, ACTION bus drivers in my recent experience have been rather nice.
Since the introduction of ACTION timetables to Google Maps I’ve been finding the buses actually useful, and the drivers have been great.
That said let us turn our attention to TAMS recruitment drive:
ACTION is putting [...]

Action Buses… AGAIN

By 29 October 2013

I rarely use Action Buses, however on occasion do particularly on weekends.
I find the Red Rapid between Gungahlin and Canberra a great way to get in and out of town.
However the service that runs on the weekend is such an ambiguous winding route that it took me best part of an hour (estimate) [...]

Melbourne abandons real time bus tracking

By 28 October 2013

The Age has an interesting story on the Victorians giving up on GPS driven real time tracking of buses.
“Given the age of the technology, the review indicated that progressing with the tracking system in its current format is not cost effective,” a spokeswoman said. “PTV has suspended the rollout of the system and is investigating [...]

Buses stopping work next Wednesday

By 23 October 2013

Bus services will be temporarily suspended between 10 am and 2 pm on Wednesday 30 October 2013 to allow for an essential scheduled meeting of ACTION drivers, transport officers and special needs transport staff to discuss their enterprise agreement, James Roncon, Director, Public Transport, announced today.
“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has requested a [...]

Pining for Mussolini

By 28 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is expressing concern (with attachment at the general deterioration of ACTION and the one in three buses not running on time:
Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe has highlighted that ACTION’s performance has deteriorated under Shane Rattenbury’s first year in charge, with not one performance indicator showing improvement.
“ACT Government annual reports show [...]

Moving the bus layover in Civic

By 17 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced his plans to rejig Civic’s bus “layovers”* to accomodate ANU’s voracious growth:
“The existing City bus layover on Marcus Clarke Street will form part of the Australian National University Exchange development, so we require a new site to meet future bus layover needs,” Mr Corbell said.
“The ACT Government carried out a feasibility [...]

Your thoughts wanted for Network14

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Shane Rattenbury has announced he’s kicking off the consultation on next year’s bus network.
Highlights include:
– a new service linking Molonglo to Woden and Cooleman Court with a peak hour Xpresso to the City – these services will support increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley
– a new Rapid service between Gungahlin and Belconnen
– a new [...]

Letter to ACTION Buses. After two near misses in the space of one hour.

By 24 August 2013

GPO BOX 158,
Canberra City ACT 2601

I don’t normally make a big fuss of things as I am quite a tolerant person, however the other day I had a couple run ins with ACTION BUS drivers.  Both incidents occurred at the same intersection within 1 hour of each other.  One face value they may [...]

NXTBUS Cometh!

By 16 August 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has word on trials commencing for realtime bus timetabling nirvana.
A trial of the NXTBUS real time passenger information system will commence in coming weeks, and new signage is being installed at Canberra’s 3100 bus stops in preparation for the December 2013 commencement of NXTBUS, announced Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
NXTBUS [...]

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