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Seek a refund from ACTION for overcharging

By 14 October 2014

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

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.
INNER SOUTH
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACTION Buses,
GPO BOX 158,
Canberra City ACT 2601
Dear ACTION,

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 [...]

Fixing the horrors of the Woden Bus Interchange

By 7 August 2013

Andrew Barr has announced moves to do something about the urban wasteland that is changing busses in Woden:
The ACT Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to revitalise the Woden bus interchange.
The first phase of the redevelopment of the eastern side of Woden has commenced with the lodgement of the Estate Development [...]

NO Bus Stops on Athllon Drive? (Kambah/Wanniassa)

By 19 July 2013

It has come to my attention that between the bus stop on Athllon Drive at Farrer and the stop at Greenway (just before the bridge over the lake opposite Learmonth Drive) there are no bus stops! This means that residents of Kambah & Wanniassa cannot catch an express (i.e. 312/314 etc) bus to and from [...]

NXTBUS?

By 15 July 2013

Shane Rattenbury has the intriguing news that realtime bus network information is going to be ubiquitous:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the commencement of works to install ‘real time passenger information’ infrastructure at bus stations and major bus stops across Canberra. This will allow live testing of the system to [...]

Hit the Floor Together: Upcoming Dance Performance

By 8 July 2013

[ 31 July 2013 7:00 pm to 3 August 2013 7:00 pm. ] I was recently given the opportunity to take some photos behind the scenes at a rehearsal for Hit the Floor Together, an upcoming dance performance at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The contemporary work brings together young indigenous and non-indigenous dancers to explore young people’s understanding of each other, despite differences in culture and geography.

The show explores [...]

Free buses for ever greater numbers of wrinklies

By 24 June 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has announced he’s bringing the age of free bus travel down from 75 to 70:
Public transport will become more accessible to older Canberrans from July 1, 2013, with the qualifying age for free bus travel reduced from 75 to 70, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, said today.
“From 1 July 2013, [...]

Play ACTION Bus Bingo! You probably won’t

By 24 June 2013

In the history of attempts by marketing departments to take something that will never ever be considered cool and try and make it fun and likeable this ACTION bingo certainly is… the latest.
So anyone got an ACTION Bingo yet?
I caught a bus out to Latham on the weekend.
If there were less spots like “School student [...]

Poetry in ACTION winners unveiled

By 24 June 2013

Joy Burch has announced the poets who’ll be gracing the spots ACTION can’t sell ads for on their buses:
From today, bus commuters will be able to enjoy reading the poems of 10 winners of the competition: Tara Cheyne, Peter Clynes, P.S. Cottier, Isaac Dugdale, Katherine Hind, Rosa O’Kane, Moya Pacey, Geoff Page, Sarah Rice and [...]

More MyWay Agents

By 23 June 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has announced 10 new reload agents for the MyWay bus ticketing system:
“I’m pleased to announce that 10 new reload agents are now available for people wishing to buy new or replacement MyWay cards (standard and student) and to top up the value of their cards,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Of the 10 new agents, four [...]

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