NotDingers has pointed out a rather interesting tender:
Description: Construction: Barton Bus Station
It’s certainly long needed down around National Circuit and Kings Avenue where the buses can really stack up at home time.
Dacquiri, ACTION already run what you suggest, Barton is the starting point for a whole heap of 700 series express buses that go to quite a lot of destinations in North Canberra. It is also a through destination for 700 series buses to the south too, though yes some 700’s from South do travel down Commonwealth Ave so miss Barton.
When I used to work in Barton though the one thing that irked me is where I live there are 5 703 buses in the morning and afternoon, however only 3 go to Barton the other two end short in Russell. Of course the ones that stop short are the ones I would want to catch, the other 3 were either too early or too late. Now yes I could have changed in Civic, but that really defeats the purpose of using express buses doesn’t it?
As for subsidising, there is nothing stopping the bus tickets being salary packaged. Of course though the bulk of workers in Barton are federal Government employee’s which would create an FBT nightmare for each department hence they won’t come to that. Though nothing stopping small private companies who are treated differently when it comes to FBT doing it.
Ah, well, we live in hope… although this is probably not what I have been hoping for. Barton is one of those high-employee-density areas (not lots of dense employees but lots of employees in a relatively compact location) that is crying out for efficient transport. Beats me why the various employers in the area don’t get together and provide subsidised transport for their staff — in my dreams, I see this as BEAT (Barton Employees Area Transport) or BERT (Barton Employees Rapid Transport). Start by surveying staff to find out where they live and what time they usually start & finish work. Then develop an efficient system that picks up staff from, say, the local shops and takes them directly to where they work. There could be a couple of morning and evening runs for each group of suburbs. Not sure what the tax implications would be for staff, but I trust that there are no significant barriers to prevent employers from getting together and running such a system?
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