Residents of Gungahlin will from next month be able to access the ACT Government’s free weekday Flexible Bus service, which collects passengers who have made a booking from their home, takes them to their destination and returns them home.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris (pictured above right) said seniors and people with a disability in Gungahlin would be able to use the free service to attend medical appointments, visit shopping centres and meet with friends and family in their local area.
The service was first introduced in 2014. It currently operates in Belconnen, the Inner South, Woden, Weston and Tuggeranong.
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“Over 26,000 boardings have been recorded and that number will continue to grow,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“There are regular customers who use the service every week, including the oldest traveller who is 97 years of age. The social interaction the service provides is just as important as getting to and from appointments and activities.”
Each bus is wheelchair accessible and is operated by a member of the special needs transport team. The service complements other existing community transport services offered by community sector organisations.
The service is not operated by ACTION and the buses are smaller than standard public buses.
To make a booking, passengers can call 6205 3555 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings must be made two days prior to travel.
More information on the flexible transport service, including who is eligible, can be found at www.transport.act.gov.au.