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Tips for getting the kiddies on ACTION buses

By 1 February 2013 7

Territory and Municipal Services have some suggestions for getting your children to school on the bus:

“After a long school holiday break, and with some children preparing to catch a bus to school for the first time, a reminder of some useful bus travel tips is sure to come in handy,” said Bren Burkevics, Acting Director, ACTION.

“Before school returns each year, school bus services are reviewed and, if required, adjustments are made to cater to changes in enrolment patterns and the development of new suburbs. Please double check the school bus timetable on the ACTION website, as not all routes or times will be the same as last year.

“Make sure you familiarise yourself and your child with the bus route and identify the stops closest to your house. Children must signal the driver as the bus will not automatically service each stop it travels past.

“A bus fare increase comes into effect on Monday 4 February 2013 which will see school student cash fares increase from $2.00 to $2.10, and MyWay fares increase from $0.95 to $1.00. The new fare will automatically be deducted from the card.

“I encourage parents to check their child’s card balance and top up if required. MyWay cards can be topped up online, over the phone via the ACTION Bus Information Line (13 17 10), or in person at the Belconnen and City MyWay Centres, Canberra Connect Shopfronts and MyWay recharge agents. If your child does not have a MyWay card they can also be purchased online or at these locations.”

Mr Burkevics said that safety is a top priority and there are rules for outside and inside the bus that are very important to keep in mind to ensure the safety of all passengers.

“When waiting for your bus to arrive make sure you stand back from the kerb. Once it stops enter the bus in a single file. If a seat is free please sit down and stow your bag underneath the seat, well clear of the aisle. If there are no seats available, and you have to stand in the aisle, move to the back to leave room for those who get on after you.

“The bus should also be exited in a single file and, once off the bus, do not cross the road until it has gone.”

Mr Burkevics said that while school bus services are available to school students only, parents with young children may apply to travel on these services for a few weeks to help their child get used to bus travel.

Visit www.action.act.gov.au for more information on school bus services.

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7 Responses to Tips for getting the kiddies on ACTION buses
#1
Madam Cholet9:32 am, 01 Feb 13

I was on a bus on my way home yesterday that blatantly ran a red light on Wentworth Ave. And not the first time I have been on a bus that has kept going as the lights are clearly changing – if I am up the back and I see the lights turn orange then surely the driver can make a note that there is indeed time to stop. I hope the drivers of buses with kids on are a bit more careful. Not sure I would entrust my child to either of the drivers I experienced yesterday.

#2
Pitchka9:44 am, 01 Feb 13

Firstly Madam, stay on topic…

Secondly, people whinge buses take too long.. The drivers do what they can to cut down on travel time, and then we read this garbage about the driver running a red light… Anyone die?

Typical back seat booner.. Dont forget to stick your gum under the chair and leave your gang tag on the back of the seat in front of you!

#3
DrKoresh10:38 am, 01 Feb 13

Pitchka said :

Firstly Madam, stay on topic…

Secondly, people whinge buses take too long.. The drivers do what they can to cut down on travel time, and then we read this garbage about the driver running a red light… Anyone die?

Typical back seat booner.. Dont forget to stick your gum under the chair and leave your gang tag on the back of the seat in front of you!

Grove St. 4 Life!

#4
davo10111:00 am, 01 Feb 13

Madam Cholet said :

I was on a bus on my way home yesterday that blatantly ran a red light

Pretty much standard operating procedure for most Canberra drivers.

#5
Alderney11:26 am, 01 Feb 13

Pitchka said :

Firstly Madam, stay on topic…

Secondly, people whinge buses take too long.. The drivers do what they can to cut down on travel time, and then we read this garbage about the driver running a red light… Anyone die?

Typical back seat booner.. Dont forget to stick your gum under the chair and leave your gang tag on the back of the seat in front of you!

I do believe that Madam mentioned a bus and kids in her comment, seems to be on topic to me. And who the F@#$%! are you, site moderator?

Madam, remind me to have a beer and a giggle when Pitchka is the victim of a red light runner. Three beers if it’s a bus.

F@#$%n’ cherry picker.

#6
Watson12:00 pm, 01 Feb 13

It would take my child over an hour to get to school on the school bus from our new place when it would take me about 10 minutes to drive.

But she will be taking the ‘normal’ bus for the first time this year to take herself to the library after school.

#7
Madam Cholet12:03 pm, 01 Feb 13

Hey thanks Pitchka for your input. For your information I contacted Action via Twitter and they said they’d speak with the driver, as hey, gusess what – they don’t advocate going through red lights either. I think it’s a perfectly reasonable issue to raise if they are talking about carrying kids around and telling parents how to put their kid on the bus safely. It’s clearly not safe if a child is being driven through red lights. You might be ok with that, but the law is not. Not many people are going to back up after being smashed by a bus.

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