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Hooray for REDEX?

By johnboy - 29 April 2009 54

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 14:05]

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed joy at “the REDEX trial”.

    “Rapid transit routes are the first step towards the modern, sustainable transport system that Canberra has needed for too long.”

    “The two qualities that bring people onto public transport are frequency and speed and the Greens are determined to make improvements in both areas.”

    “We congratulate the Chief Minister for taking this on, and we will continue to work with the Government towards a sustainable transport plan.” Ms Bresnan said.

Sooo… What is this REDEX thingy?

UPDATED: Hooray! The Chiefly Mr Stanhope explains all!:

    Commuters can expect a bus every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes during off-peak times on high demand weekday routes when the ACT Labor Government trials new rapid transit buses,Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope revealed today.

    The Budget will provide $1 million for the new service, REDEX – Rapid Express Direct, to be trialledin 2009-10 between 6:30am and 7pm on weekdays during school terms.

    Mr Stanhope said passengers and businesses would benefit from better transport access to town centres and the Parliamentary Triangle.

Commencing in October.

ANOTHER UPDATE: For the Liberals, Zed is furious with what he sees as the Greens giving a free pass to Labor:

    “In the media yesterday, Mr Stanhope claimed that proposed REDEX service, that has only two separate routes connecting major hubs, has met the obligations of a guaranteed bus frequency of 30 minutes. This was one of the promises made by Jon Stanhope to get himself re-instated as Chief Minister.

    “However there seems to be confusion between Labor and the Greens with Greens Convenor Meredith Hunter saying this was only ‘one step forward to get closer to a 15-minute frequency but also a 30-minute frequency during the day’.

    “It is clear that two routes is not the whole network and this does not meet the goal of 30 minute frequency for all bus routes. Mr Stanhope said this element of the agreement now ‘meets obligations’.

Umm OK Zed… but moving forward what do you think of this proposal and what would you do differently?

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Hooray for REDEX?
ant 3:37 pm 28 Apr 09

Yep, agree totally VYBerlina. Our old EH took us all kinds of places (it wasn’t old then of course), and the 504 Peugeot after that was even better. WE had a family camping trip on Cape Tribulation in the 70s. It rained, and all the creeks flooded, so we just camped and waited for the creeks to go down.

When we made it to the Punt back over the Daintree, there was a lot of tough-looking 4WDs. The Punt guy told us that the 4WD blokes had been impressing each other with tales of near creek death and other close shaves when our little Peugeot farted its way onto the punt. They were rather grumpy about us.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:24 pm 28 Apr 09

They weren’t 4WD either (reference to the snow thread).

I was recently flicking through an old MOTOR magazine from the late 1970’s, and they had an article about preparing your family vehicle for outback touring. Their advice was that unless you planned to tackle very serious off road conditions, standard 2WD was fine provided you were careful and carried appropriate recovery kit.

A far cry from today where we hear you can’t even drive down a hill in the wet on sealed road without 4WD or AWD (which is really little more than a marketing gimmick anyway).

johnboy 3:16 pm 28 Apr 09

Thanks random, the CM’s media release has only gone online in the last few minutes.

Thumper 3:15 pm 28 Apr 09

Yes, but Oyster party only ran in the coastal areas.

Redex, I have images of Gelignite Jack driving around blowing things up.

random 3:10 pm 28 Apr 09

Also via Stanhope:

Commuters can expect a bus every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes during off-peak times on high demand weekday routes when the ACT Labor Government trials new rapid transit buses,Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope revealed today.

The Budget will provide $1 million for the new service, REDEX – Rapid Express Direct, to be trialledin 2009-10 between 6:30am and 7pm on weekdays during school terms.

peterh 3:10 pm 28 Apr 09

ant said :

Yeah, snap Peterh, I was visualising a plucky little Peugeot 404 ploughing its way through the desert to victory. Actually a bunch of them made it, didn’t they?

They weren’t 4WD either (reference to the snow thread).

Imagine writing a press release and leaving the background out. FAIL.

but they were allowed to travel at the highest possible speeds that their cars / drivers could handle. NFSA has the original documentary on film, very entertaining.

S4anta 3:09 pm 28 Apr 09

From this; Green/ALP Agreement

“2.4 Adopting a goal of guaranteed bus frequency of 30 minutes. The first stage of the
proposal, considering time periods and appropriate locations should begin
implementation by the middle of 2009.” Pge12 of 16.

Jim Jones 3:04 pm 28 Apr 09

Ah, but he called them ‘nutjobs’ … such devastating wit obliterates the need for any real argument.

caf 2:45 pm 28 Apr 09

They seemed to have four more MLAs than the Oyster Party last I looked.

johnboy 2:44 pm 28 Apr 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Does anybody even listen to anything the Green nutjobs say?

The smarter ones do…

A Noisy Noise Annoys 2:43 pm 28 Apr 09

Does anybody even listen to anything the Green nutjobs say?

mutley 2:42 pm 28 Apr 09

motor endurance rally over rough terrain and unsealed roads. Don’t think it is the same thing, somehow…

Have you seen some of the local roads recently?

ant 2:40 pm 28 Apr 09

Yeah, snap Peterh, I was visualising a plucky little Peugeot 404 ploughing its way through the desert to victory. Actually a bunch of them made it, didn’t they?

They weren’t 4WD either (reference to the snow thread).

Imagine writing a press release and leaving the background out. FAIL.

caf 2:35 pm 28 Apr 09

A rule of thumb for writing pressers should be that if the term isn’t known to Google or Wikipedia, you ought to explain it.

peterh 2:22 pm 28 Apr 09

only redex trial i know about is the the Round Australia 1954 Redex Reliability Trial – a 15,450 kilometre motor endurance rally over rough terrain and unsealed roads. Don’t think it is the same thing, somehow…

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