14 May 2012

ACTION network 12 out

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Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the latest bus timetable which takes effect on 28 May.

“Major service changes include:

— extension of Routes 318 and 319 on the Blue Rapid line to Kippax providing 15 minute frequency between Kippax and Belconnen

— improved frequency on the Red Rapid express service from Gungahlin to Fyshwick (via City) to depart every 10 minutes during the morning peak servicing five additional stops

— new services, Route 55 on weekdays and Route 955 on weekends, will connect Forde and Bonner to Gungahlin Marketplace

— weekday and weekend bus services to Casey and Crace

— redesign of Route 951 to travel via Flemington Road providing a direct link from Gungahlin Marketplace to the City on weekends

— redesign of routes in Central Canberra to reduce travel time through the city for Australian National University commuters and to the Parliamentary Triangle

— additional Blue Rapid 300 series services departing from Tuggeranong in morning and afternoon peak periods

— more direct services to and through Fyshwick

— community Route 73 and 74 redirected to travel via Catchpole St to cater for aged residents in Macquarie.

The new timetable is on the ACTION site.

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I have no idea why they had to drastically change the weekend route time tables for Weston Creek- the 927 leaves Woden on the hour instead at 20 past the hour, and leaves Cooleman Court at eleven to, instead of five minutes to the hour. It totally screws up my travelling schedules.

The problem with the 927 isn’t with the timetable per se, but that the time tables are totally unsuited to how fast the buses actually travel. On the timetable they’re forced to travel at a crawl, when in reality they can either be five minutes ahead of time when they get to Fisher shops, or lagging behind, because the bus drivers deliberately delay leaving on time because of the slowness of the time table, and then needing to pick up more people than expected.

The better way to deal with it is to retime the route, and making the timetable better reflect reality.

bennie said :

Damn. I’m pretty annoyed that the last bus 3 will now terminate in the city and now it has odd frequencies between 20 and 40 minutes… Would it be worth complaining to action about the last bus?

Complain, but also check what other routes might help you connect. I hate to push Google products (die hard Apple fanboy here), but Google Transit is worth getting to know 🙂

Damn. I’m pretty annoyed that the last bus 3 will now terminate in the city and now it has odd frequencies between 20 and 40 minutes… Would it be worth complaining to action about the last bus?

New timetable is scheduled to go live at the appropriate time on Google Transit and the TransitTimes app for smartphones.

Hmmmm – situation normal – no ‘improvements’ noted in my routes..

The new Sunday service seems to have the same number of services as the old service but the ‘window’ for first/last travel on that day has been reduced by an hour and five minutes….wtf??

On the rare days I do catch a bus, if i wasn’t at woden to change by roughly 6 pm I’d have an hour wait if i missed the second bus.

Looking at the new timetable I would now have an hour and 25 mins wait. Oh yay.

Both the bus routes I catch in Belconnen have been reduced in frequency from every twenty minutes during peak times to every 35 minutes. Boo.

I seem to remember the last timetable change was meant to improve efficiency, but I still find myself waiting for buses that are temperamental at showing up. At least Action have a twitter feed now, so the true magnitude of the bus shortage is available for everyone to see.

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