Katy Gallagher has the lovely news for Senior Card holders that, to celebrate Seniors Week, they can ride the buses to their heart’s content for free in the off-peak hours.
Now will we see the kids riding free for Youth Week?
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced a big upgrade of the disability access of Canberra’s bus stops:
Chief Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, announced today that a project to upgrade 300 bus stops across Canberra to improve accessibility for people with disabilities is now well underway with the first 75 completed.
“This program [...]
The ABC reports today that an ACTION bus driver kicked 15 students from Telopea Park School off a bus.
Apparently he was not pleased with their behaviour, though there is no indication of whether the behaviour was criminal or dangerous to the driver or other passengers.
It seems that in survey after survey in Australia’s [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know the first commuter bus from Cooma has arrived in Canberra:
“The ACT Government is committed to the development of safe, accessible and efficient methods of public transport and I believe that the Cooma Connector service is a fantastic initiative that meets all of these goals,” the Chief Minister said.
Chief Minister Gallagher is calling on the young’uns (who are stuck with the bus system until they turn 17) to send in ideas for what “the ultimate environmentally friendly bus” would look like.
“The artwork of each winning entry will decorate the inside panel of an ACTION bus for 12 months. An overall winner will also [...]
Territory And Municipal Services have special buses running for the Royal Canberra Show:
Free chartered ACTION buses will operate at regular intervals over Friday and Saturday taking passengers from the Canberra Show to the City Bus Station between 9 pm and midnight.
Friday 24 February 2012
ACTION’s Red Rapid route 200 express service links Gungahlin, Mitchell, EPIC [...]
Simon Corbell has put forth word that he is thinking about putting more bus stops on Adelaide Avenue:
The ACT Labor Government is investigating options for several new bus stops along Adelaide Avenue which would make public transport more available to residents of Canberra’s inner south, including Deakin, Yarralumla and Curtin, Minister for the Environment and [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has shared the news they they’ve been inspecting a double decker bus.
“I was interested to learn that the showcased double decker can carry more passengers than the standard ACTION articulated bus, and is cheaper,” said ACT Greens Transport Spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.
“One of the issues the Greens are concerned about [...]
While cycling blithely by on the footpath this afternoon I noticed that Marcus Clarke street was badly clagged up after a taxi had failed to drive through a bus.
Is it just me or are taxi drivers not all they used to be?
My first time to take the bus 702 yesterday turned out to be quite an adventure. Perhaps that’s what you get on Friday 13th.
As the bus went up Northbourne, near the public housing just before Dickson, a kid threw a solid object at the bus and hit the rear door. There was a loud bang [...]
Our second car is currently out of rego, waiting for the Christmas tide to turn and money to start flowing again. My wife was going to take the kids for a trip to the mall tomorrow, which means using [gasp] public transport.
Now for an adult with 3 children, one under 5, the cash fare for [...]
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, they say, but last financial year there were plenty of free bus rides. Around $5 million worth actually, thanks to the aged-and-failing Wayfarer ticketing system which was recently phased out for MyWay.
The figure is part of an ACTION bus audit compiled by the auditor-general.
“So that $3-$5 million [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is thrilled by patronage for this summer’s Nightrider:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, has declared the ACT Government’s Nightrider bus service a resounding success with 2,608 people utilising the service throughout December2011.
“The ACT Government’s Nightrider service proved a very popular and affordable option for people to [...]
Katy Gallagher is celebrating a tenfold rise in people using the Nightrider bus service in its opening weekend.
“A total of 548 people used the Nightrider service on Friday and Saturday night. This is one of the busiest opening weekends in the history of the service,” the Chief Minister said.
“This compares to the 59 people who [...]
Everyone who’s ever relied on buses to get to work knows the feeling.
They’re running slightly late in the morning and start stressing and cutting things out of their morning routine to get to the bus stop on time. Maybe it’s finishing the cup of coffee, maybe it’s a quick but vital trip to the [...]
Hey, i have tried catching the bus from canberra to sydney multiple times, and there are always places that advertise $15 tickets, butt he cheapest i ever find is 25 one way.
just wondering, has anyone actually ever gotten a $15 dollar fare?
ACTION have published details of their planned services for the Christmas interval:
A modified timetable will be in place over the Christmas and New Year period from Sunday 25 December until Monday 2 January. For travel during this period, plan ahead.
Checking out the Christmas Day timetable reveals a little gift from the bus network:
All commuters on [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has taken it on himself to congratulate Deanes Buses for installing wifi internet on their conveyances.
The service is initially being rolled out on Deane’s most common services, with an eventual rollout planned for the entire fleet.
“I commend Deane’s for being the first in ACT and NSW to implement the service,” Mr [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced (dated 27 November but only online this afternoon) new buses for the ACTION fleet.
a contract has been signed to purchase 20 new accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.
“Following a thorough and exhaustive tender process, Scania Australia has been selected to provide ACTION with the Scania [...]
Territory And Municipal Services have called for feedback on planned changes to the bus network.
The catch? You’ve got until tomorrow to get them in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A number of improvements have been identified to the ACTION bus network for 2012. Bus commuters are reminded to provide feedback on the proposed changes which will help inform the [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that with the Mawson Park and Ride filling up by 8.30am the facility has been expanded.
“Bike and Ride, and Park and Ride facilities were launched in Mawson on Athllon Drive in January 2010 providing 97 parking spaces and 18 secure bike lockers,” Mr Corbell said.
“From the day it opened, Park and [...]
G’day. iTranzit – Canberra is now available.
What is it?
iTranzit is an app for public transport in Canberra.
Find out when the Next Service is. Routes / Stops, Timetables, Route maps, Rider alerts and more.
Works on all devices.
iTranzit works on pretty much on all Phones, Tablets and Desktops. Access anytime, anywhere.
Give it a go.
Visit http://canberra.itranzit.com/ and bookmark [...]
CIO Magazine reports that the Mybus2.0 team lead by Zakaria Bouguettaya has won the ‘Unleash Your App’ award.
Zakaria Bouguettaya, a final year software engineering student from the Australian National University (ANU), won the ‘Unleash Your App’ competition for the development of MyBus2.0; an app that displays and searches Canberra public transport timetables and then uses [...]
The late night inebriate needs an occasional bus service like a fish needs a bicycle.
But Simon Corbell has announced that the very expensive and doomed to fail exercise in keeping the Greens happy known as the the Nightrider bus will be returning this festive season.
“Nightrider will run most Friday and Saturday nights in December, with [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is taking credit for the Mitchell Park & Ride facility which Simon Corbell is opening today.
“We want to make it easier for the people of Gungahlin to get to and from places like Civic, Russell, Barton, Kingston and Fyshwick,” Ms Bresnan said.
“The new Mitchell Park & Ride is about providing [...]
Back on 4 November we noted moves afoot to change the Adelaide Avenue T2 lane back into a bus lane.
Today the Liberals’ Alistair Coe is deploying some interesting logic to decry the move:
The Canberra Liberals strongly disagree with ACT Labor’s removal of the T2 lane on Adelaide Avenue, and will take every step to reverse [...]
ACT Light Rail today provided the ACT Government with their submission in response to the draft ‘Transport for a Sustainable City 2011-2031’ transport planning document.
Mr Damien Haas, Chair of ACT Light Rail, said that the plan was a disappointment in that it was locking Canberra into a high density, congested, car-dependent culture – while the [...]
ACTION are warning that the Civic Revitalisation Program is going to be causing trouble with the bus interchange as pavement work is conducted.
First off the bat platform 5 is being moved behind platform 3 from Monday 14 November.
The Canberra Times has a piece blaming light rail fans in Canberra for the ever more expensive and less useful bus service.
Dr Mees revealed his submission to Environment Minister Simon Corbell yesterday, saying the Government’s plan ”is fundamentally flawed, because it perpetuates the policy mistakes that have seen public transport in Canberra decline at [...]
Territory And Municipal Services have announced that the ACT Government’s ongoing love of the vacuity of Twitter continues apace with the launch of an ACTION twitter account.
“The site will allow ACTION to communicate instantly and directly with the public, particularly the growing number of people who use smartphones,” Mr Roncon said.
“ACTION’s Twitter site will provide [...]
That buses are much more efficient than cars is almost an article of faith. In theory it should be true, though I can’t help wonder. Canberra’s layout mitigates against public transport (unfortunately) and I’ve never heard of any actual research (though absence of evidence is not evidence of absence).
I’m not anti-public transport – far from [...]
ACTION’s proposed weekday bus network for 2012 has been released by Transport for Canberra, with residents in Canberra’s newest suburbs in Gungahlin set to benefit as services are directed through Bonner, Casey, Crace and Forde whilst other established suburbs will receive more services.
Elsewhere, Kippax will benefit from Blue Rapid services and there will be changes [...]