I have just come to work on a bus. As I was late (again!), I only just managed to catch it, and spent the first five minutes panting for breath.
But at one intersection, the bus driver hesitated as to where to go, and a guy sitting behind me roared out words to the effect of [...]
Andrew Barr has announced we’ve bought ourselves a Murrays Bus to advertise Floriade:
A Murrays 58-seater bus has been turned into a massive mobile advertisement for Floriade 2011 which will ferry thousands of passengers from Sydney to Canberra until the end of Floriade.
The Murrays Floriade Express will start operations on Monday 1 August to promote Floriade [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that despite having already committed to spending $12 million (pretty soon it adds up to real money) on a real time bus information system he’s now open to a public consultation over what it should be doing.
“The recent announcement of the successful tenderer for the first stage of this project has [...]
As seen in Civic this afternoon.
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Firstly, once again, we would like to thank the Canberra public for the continued support for our application and for the support for our push for the principles behind it.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been talking to the media about the ACT Government’s 12.5 million dollar tender, most of which was [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is making merry with Simon Corbell’s bus agreement.
“Despite all the talk from Mr Corbell’s predecessor and former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, there is little progress on improving the efficiency of ACTION and taxpayers will continue to subsidise the network by almost $90 million every year,” Mr Coe said.
“Under this ‘new deal’ [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the agreement he’s reached with the Transport Workers Union to keep the buses rolling.
“It is important that the Government and the TWU reach a position quickly to ensure that bus services continue to run without interruption from industrial action, and this agreement is one that should prevent any further inconvenience to [...]
The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is celebrating some success for her calls that buses should run through the under construction suburbs of Molonglo to ensure new residents don’t succumb to the siren song of car ownership.
The Greens have outlined a sustainability strategy for Molonglo which includes:
- Bus-only priority routes on arterial roads to City/Barton/Russell
- Park’n’ride [...]
I want to store my luggage somewhere in the city before catching a coach from The Jolimont Centre.
Googling hasn’t yielded any options.
Does anyone know where travelers can store their bags in the city?
Territory and Municipal Services have announced that they’ve extended the time they’re taking to teach ACTION cutomers to tag off their cards when they get off the bus:
To assist patrons become more accustomed with the process of tagging on and off buses with their MyWay card, the ACT Government will extend the current transition period [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are warning that the bus drivers (apparently unable to organise postal or online voting) are taking lunch off work Thursday (16 June) to vote on their latest pay deal.
“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has requested a meeting of their members to discuss and vote on ACTION’s certified agreement offer,” Mr Roncon [...]
A couple of times a week I catch the number 111 bus from Calwell to the city. In times past, this bus was not what you would call packed.
Yes, all the seats would be occupied by the time you were close to the city and maybe even by Woden, but it was not full [...]
Out at Belconnen Danni still awaits the arrival of the first bicycle in the bike>park>ride cage.
But wow, quite the fog eh?
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I am getting sick of the rudness of private school students on Action buses.
I get the 318 from Woden each afternoon and most passengers wait patiently to board.
But not the Daramalan and Merici girls who push into the front of the cue, refuse to stand for older people and often take up multiple [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the thrilling news that slaray packaging of bus fares is kicking off for the ACT PS from 1 June 2011.
From 1 June 2011 the ACT Government will provide ACT Public Service employees and their families an incentive to get on the bus and reduce their travel costs with [...]
Simon Corbell has, metaphorically speaking, returned from Munich clutching a peace agreement with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU).
Mr Corbell said the ACT Government is pleased to announce a breakthrough in negotiations between ACTION and the AMWU resulting in an in-principle agreement on the remaining issues that are outstanding in the ACTION Enterprise Agreement.
“As such, [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in Theodore overnight in which an ACTION bus was damaged.
Around 11pm yesterday (Friday, May 20), police attended Scantlebury Crescent in Theodore following reports that a group of youths damaged a bus at that location.
The bus driver told police that the group of up to 15 youths boarded [...]
Given the issues I had using Action the last time I visited Sydney, I was wondering how they worked on public holidays.
I intend on visiting someone from Sydney on the long weekend and want to use Action to get home afterward.
I went to visit friends in Sydney and came back by bus. I thought getting in at 7:30 would have thought that there were busses available on my return, I was wrong. Not only was I wrong but but a couple from the Philippines who had only just migrated to Australia a couple of months ago [...]
I applied for and received my children’s school student MyWay cards a couple of weeks ago. I topped up their cards using BPay a couple of weeks ago. I went online here today: h
To check the balances on their cards and despite reading and fully comprehending the instructions to check the balances and following [...]
The ABC brings word that the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has, as a token of good faith, agreed to work overtime for two weeks while negotiations are ongoing.
Apparently an in principle agreement has been reached.
The upshot is that the weekend bus service will at least run as scheduled.
The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has announced the Greens $41 million budget proposals which the government can probably ignore because who really thinks the Greens are going to side with the Liberals on anything now?
“While many are prospering in Canberra at the moment it’s important to recognise that life is still hard for many families who [...]
The ABC brings word that the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will continue its persecution of the bus reliant (primarily the young and the infirm, but also the poor) by refusing to work overtime on weekends.
ACTION management in turn have set themselves up so that they can’t run weekend bus services without maintenance overtime.
Jane Timbrell from [...]
Territory And Municipal Services is warning that the ongoing instransigence of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union in refusing to work overtime doing the onerous and very technical task of putting diesel into buses means there will be “significant disruptions” over the five day weekend.
“A Sunday timetable will run on Saturday 23 April and Monday [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope is making an appeal to the better natures of the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union who are busily rendering the bus service in Canberra even more ludicrous.
“Since the bargaining process commenced almost 18 months ago, the Government has made a number of significant concessions in what it was [...]
We’re running a petition for ACTION Buses to start using Twitter in order to better communicate breakdowns and canceled services to patrons.
A Twitter account costs nothing to set up, could be advertised for free on the ACTION and TAMS websites and it would not be too difficult for somebody at the depot or radio room [...]
Territory And Municipal Services advise that for the third week this year ACTION are going to let down the community and run a degraded service over the weekend.
“The AMWU has informed ACTION they will be placing a further ban on overtime work this weekend which means that buses will not be able to be maintained [...]
Hi all. I have lived in Canberra for seven years now and as much as I love the place, I still find myself amazed at some government decisions. Every Anzac day, my mates and our wives would all meet in a major city (which is chosen in turn) for Anzac Day to have a re-union. The city chosen is usually where [...]
I’ve been seeing signs on bus drivers’ windows for a long time now and I’ve always wondered what their purpose was.
Have ACTION had a problem with passengers trying to get onto the bus through the driver’s window? Do drivers prefer to get in and out through their window?
If anyone knows that answer to this mystery, [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope is asking for community help in finding a location for a bus station in Erindale:
“The ACT Government has identified Erindale as a key location for a major bus station to improve sustainable transport options for people travelling to and from Tuggeranong,” Mr Stanhope said.
“This bus station will include new bus services such [...]
A serious incident happened on an ACTION bus 2 weeks ago whereby the bus driver did nothing to aid the victim. I need advice as to who to write a complaint to or how to take this matter further?
The ACTION website only has a generic address to write to and I want to make sure [...]
Territory And Municipal Services have announced that the new MyWay cards or cash are now the only ways to catch a bus.
The old ticket system is dead, but students with a term ticket can ride by showing it to the driver.
You can still transfer credit from old tickets to a new MyWay card until the [...]