Tag Archives: buses

Wildly successful Mawson Park and Ride expanded

By 23 November, 2011

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 [...]

New App for Canberra Buses. Works on all devices.

By 23 November, 2011

G’day. iTranzit – Canberra is now available.

What is it?
iTranzit is an app for public transport in Canberra.

Features.
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 [...]

MyBus gets a gong

By 21 November, 2011

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 [...]

Nightrider rides again

By 18 November, 2011

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 [...]

Mitchell Park and Ride opens

By 16 November, 2011

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 [...]

10 days later Coe shrieks about Adelaide Avenue bus lane

By 14 November, 2011

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 [...]

‘Bus-ness as usual’ says ACT Light Rail

By 11 November, 2011

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 [...]

Civic Bus Interchange to do the hokey pokey

By 9 November, 2011

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.

Light rail enthusiasts responsible for public transport woes?

By 7 November, 2011

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 [...]

ACTION gets a Twitter feed

By 28 October, 2011

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 [...]

The efficiency of buses?

By 26 October, 2011

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 [...]

The 2012 bus network

By 21 October, 2011

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 [...]

Buses for Queen watching

By 19 October, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services have a guide to avoiding a traffic snarl with royal viewing tomorrow:
The best viewing spots will be on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin as the royal couple will be transferred by water from Government House to the Floriade site.
ACTION’s Blue Rapid 300 series (300, 312, 313, 314, 315, 318 and [...]

Scofflaw bus drivers

By 18 October, 2011

It has come to my attention that there is a serious disregard for the law by no lesser citizens than our own ACT bus drivers.  Every day, from morning ’til night and beyond, in a complete and flagrant display of law-breaking, buses enter the T2/Bus transit lane heading northward from Woden.
“Well what’s wrong with that?” [...]

Transport for Canberra announced.

By 7 October, 2011

Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the much anticipated draft Transport for Canberra policy

Simon on the journey planner going online

By 4 October, 2011

Last week we noted that Google Maps had added ACTION timetable data enabling the use of google maps trip planning with the bus routes.
This works both for the maps app on smartphones as well as google maps in web browsers.
Today Simon Corbell has officially announced it:
A new online journey planner which can be accessed from [...]

ACTION transit data finally available in Google Maps

By 30 September, 2011

Whilst fiddling around tonight with Google maps I made an astonishing discovery, public transit data is available for Canberra.
This means using the directions function in Google Maps, you can select where you are, where you want to go, and when you want to get there, and Google will tell you the best way to do [...]

Bus drivers educating Canberra drivers on traffic light etiquette?

By 27 September, 2011

I was driving North on Northbourne Ave yesterday towards the Dickson intersection at 2.45pm. There was a fairly long line of cars in the lane to turn right into Antil St, so I decided to go straight instead. As I approached the red lights, I noticed the bus driver getting out of his bus. I [...]

ACTION disruptions in the wake of the Mitchell fire

By 16 September, 2011

ACTION are warning of the services they’re unwilling to provide as potentially toxic smoke envelopes the Inner North.
ACTION bus services running in North Canberra have now recommenced. Services will be diverted away from Mitchell. School services in North Canberra will not operate this morning. It is expected that all school services will run as per [...]

Transport in Belconnen – Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting 20 Sep

By 13 September, 2011

[ 20 September, 2011; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] The next Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting is at 7.30pm, Tuesday 20 September, Upstairs Belconnen Library Chandler Street, Belconnen.

The BCC will be holding a Transport Forum in 2 parts. Part 1 on Transport in Belconnen will be this month. Part 2 on Parking and Access in Belconnen Town Centre will be in Nov.

This month, Mr [...]

ACTION to implement Real Time information system

By 1 September, 2011

ACTION will be implementing a Real Time Passenger Information System by 2013, which aims to provide passengers with information about the timeliness of busses they’re trying to catch. All the available details are on the ACT Transport site.
I’m sure some people will find this interesting. Will you make use of the RTPIS when it is [...]

Public transport from the airport. Is there a worse Western World capital?

By 28 August, 2011

Deane’s are about to pull the plug on their airliner and there’s no Action buses going through Brindabella Park on the weekends.
I wonder if there is another capital city in the Western World with a similar lack of transport to and from its’ airport?

Bus shelter vandals

By 21 August, 2011

I can’t believe the damage that has recently been done (and fixed, well done) to the new bus shelters being erected in and around Canberra. This  particularly applies to those down Northbourne Ave towards Civic.
I don’t catch buses often but feel for those that do and that they must suffer severe weather conditions as a [...]

MyBus 2.0 Market Update: Routes By Suburb

By 19 August, 2011

Today we made a MyBus Android Market update.
The new feature allows you to search for bus routes by suburb. This will help first time users of Action buses, who don’t yet know which route number they need, as well as finding bus routes you don’t normally use.
This new feature links in to [...]

Land Cruiser road raging on a bus

By 18 August, 2011

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a road rage incident between a Land Cruiser and an ACTION bus which occurred yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, August 17) on Hopetoun Circuit in Yarralumla.
About 3.10pm, the bus carrying school children was on Hopetoun Circuit when a beige Toyota Land Cruiser attempted to overtake it, colliding with the side of [...]

Action goes low-tech. But still confused. Images of Canberra.

By 16 August, 2011

Gungahlin Al has sent this one in, taken this very morning.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com .

An ACTION breakdown every five hours.

By 15 August, 2011

The industrious Alistair Coe has revealed the fruits of his digging into ACTION breakdown statistics.
“Bus breakdowns have increased markedly over the past year and its unacceptable for Canberrans to be paying so much for an unreliable and infrequent bus service,” Mr Coe said.
“Last financial year, ACTION buses broke down more than 1400 times, which equates [...]

Tuggeranong bus station closing while the police play

By 10 August, 2011

Territory And Municipal Services are warning that Tuggeranong bus users will need to head to Athllon Drive on Friday as the police are playing games in the bus station:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise the public that the Tuggeranong Bus Station will be temporarily closed between 8.30 am and 4 pm on Friday 12 [...]

Meeting with Simon Corbell (and yet another Market Update)

By 9 August, 2011

Yesterday the Imagine Team met with Simon Corbell to discuss our App MyBus 2.0 and the availability of real time Bus data. The meeting was positive, with Simon confirming the government’s position that bus data should be made available Open Source.
As with the GPS bus stop and route data to be released under the GTFS, [...]

MyBus 2.0 GPS Data Update

By 8 August, 2011

We’ve made a new feature available in a MyBus 2.0 Market update, and is what we hope is the beginning of the future of MyBus 2.0. Through a giant community effort on Open Street Map, members of the community have mapped out the bus stops around Canberra.
MyBus 2.0 can now show you a map with [...]

Greens declare victory on the Calwell Park and Ride front.

By 3 August, 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is savouring triumph in the Greens long struggle for a Park’n’Ride at Calwell shops:
“A Park’n’Ride in Calwell, along with a new REDEX-style direct service to the Parliamentary Triangle and Civic, would give families more transport options and boost the local economy and community.
“A Calwell Park and Ride would service a [...]

Highly professional bus signage

By 3 August, 2011

Back on 20 July we noted that bus services to the airport had been reduced.
But today in the interchange I came across the way that has been advertised.
There’s an impression of Canberra for visitors!

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