Chief Minister Gallagher is calling for feedback on plans for the proposed dedicated bus priority lane on Canberra Avenue.
“The ACT Government is committed under Transport for Canberra to increase work trips using buses to 16% by 2026. Putting in measures which give buses priority over other traffic will help encourage more people to make the switch to bus travel,” the Chief Minister said.
“The dedicated bus priority lane on Canberra Avenue will ease traffic congestion and improve public transport connections along this important east-west transport corridor, including Queanbeyan to Canberra City, and is a key component of ACTION’s Frequent Network.
“A total of $8.2 million was allocated in the 2010-11 budget for this project including a feasibility study, detailed design and construction,” the Chief Minister said.
The bus priority measures will be delivered in four stages. The first stage of work will include a new 1.3 kilometre dedicated bus lane between the Monaro Highway intersection and Hume Circle. This section is currently serviced by about 30 buses during the morning peak, particularly by the Red Rapid service which travels to and from DFO. It is estimated that a dedicated bus lane, as well as priority at intersections, will reduce travel time by at least 10 percent. Stage 1 will also include the upgrade of the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Geelong Street.
The initial construction of a dedicated bus lane will enable a 2-10 minute frequency in the peak period on the Red Rapid route.
Cyclists will also be accommodated by an on-road cycle lane and bike storage facilities at a new major bus stop near the Canberra Eye Hospital, supporting the ACT Government’s bike and bus initiative,” the Chief Minister said.
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