The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is giving Chief Minister Gallagher a kick over dead running by ACTION buses and the lack of answers to how bad the problem currently is:
The Canberra Liberals lodged a question on notice on 23 February 2012 seeking information about the $120 million bus service. The answer was meant to be returned by 20 March but still has not been received.
In 2010, the Canberra Liberals obtained data showing that ACTION buses travel more than 69,000 kilometres every week, costing $8 million a year, on „out of service? buses with no passengers.
“If the 2012 data is ever released, I hope it will show considerable improvements in the efficiency of the network,” Mr Coe said.
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“The most recent information we have shows that every four days. ACTION buses are running on empty around the distance of the equator.
“The fact that the ACT Labor Government has not released the data implies that the news is once again not acceptable.
Now, accepting that as long as we have buses there will be some degree of dead running, how much is OK and how do we get down to that number?