The ACT Government will allocate $17 million in tomorrow’s ACT Budget for transport services, including 20 new buses for the territory, a new city loop service, an electric bus trial, new services in Weston Creek and Molonglo and a Park & Ride facility in Wanniassa.
The spend will also cover the cost of improvements to the Woden bus interchange as well as design for a new bus depot in Woden.
The City Loop will run every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm on weekdays from July 4 to coincide with the commencement of operations for new Transport Canberra agency. The agency is tasked with integrating buses with light rail, developing a single ticketing system and coordinated timetabling and overseeing active travel upgrades and transport innovation.
The new service will connect highly-frequented areas of the CBD (see map) such as the city bus station, Canberra Centre, Braddon, Northbourne Avenue, the ANU and New Acton. It will link in with Red and Blue Rapid services and buses to the Parliamentary Triangle.
Click here to see the city loop route map
The electric bus trial will run for 12 months and cost $900,000. The buses will be used on regular route services, on and off peak, across the bus network.
The 20 new buses will cost $10 million over two years and form part of an ongoing fleet replacement program.
The Park and Ride facility in Wanniassa will cost $1.5 million in design and construction costs.
The Government will spend $3.5 million over four years in Weston Creek and the Molonglo region, adding an all-day direct service, the Weston Line, to better connect Woden, Cooleman Court in Weston and the City.
Wright will receive increased coverage and frequency and the Route 83 and Xpresso 783 services will be extended to include Coombs.
Click here to see the Weston Creek and Molonglo bus map
The improvements to the Woden bus interchange will cost $300,000, with $775,000 allocated for the design of the new bus depot there. Construction on the 120-bus facility is expected to take place between 2017 and 2019.