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If you missed the bus today the new schedule might be why

By johnboy - 28 May 2012 25

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There’s anecdotal evidence about that there has been some confusion on the buses this morning.

Assiduous RiotACT readers will of course have been aware of the network changes but as there was no advertising campaign run here it’s understandable some missed the news.

This morning Chief Minister Gallagher has had a go at reminding everyone:

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced the start of ACTION’s new Network 12 providing bus passengers with improved services.

“I’m pleased to announce the start of ACTION’s new Network 12 which will extend high frequency services and provide services to new suburbs in Gungahlin including Bonner, Crace, Forde and Casey,” the Chief Minister said.

“Improvements will also be made to existing services in Kippax, Central Canberra, Fyshwick and Majura Park.

UPDATE 28/05/12 10:37: Meanwhile the ACTION website admits they’ve cocked up the upgrade of Google Transit times:

Bus information via Transit for Google Maps will not be available from Monday 28 May to allow for Network 12 timetable information to be integrated into the system. It is estimated the system will go live with the new ACTION timetables and services on Friday 1 June.

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If you missed the bus today the new schedule might be why
JC 5:14 pm 29 May 12

beeshive said :

Perhaps they would if the government didn’t close it.

Unless I am very much mistaken where the government has closed schools they have provided school bus services to the areas effected, so doubt that’s the issue.

DrKoresh 4:53 pm 29 May 12

silvernitrate said :

Yesterday, waiting at the city west stop going south at ~4:30, 4 300 series buses came at the same time (action saying that bus frequency is now 5 minutes). As a result, my normal bus which goes into the tuggeranong suburbs didn’t stop because there was no room to stop. I had to wait at tuggeranong for another bus which services the suburb and i noticed that a 300 series bus was leaving every 3 minutes whilst there were hardly any suburb servicing buses coming by. There were hardly any passengers embarking on each bus 2-3.

They didn’t do all this to improve the 300 services did they? The intertown services were the only decent aspect of ACTION buses, we don’t need them every 2 freaking minutes, we need to be able to get from our homes to an interchange, there was nothing wrong with the bloody 300’s >:(

silvernitrate 4:14 pm 29 May 12

Yesterday, waiting at the city west stop going south at ~4:30, 4 300 series buses came at the same time (action saying that bus frequency is now 5 minutes). As a result, my normal bus which goes into the tuggeranong suburbs didn’t stop because there was no room to stop. I had to wait at tuggeranong for another bus which services the suburb and i noticed that a 300 series bus was leaving every 3 minutes whilst there were hardly any suburb servicing buses coming by. There were hardly any passengers embarking on each bus 2-3.

DrKoresh 4:13 pm 29 May 12

beeshive said :

Perhaps they would if the government didn’t close it.

+1 pwnt.

Also, just anecdotally, everyone I’ve talked to about it has either noticed no improvement, or are being screwed over by the timetable. There hasn’t been any improvement to services to my suburb, but they did change the arrival times of our bus, just to keep us on our toes. ACTION makes me sad :'(

and grumpy >:[

beeshive 3:57 pm 29 May 12

Perhaps they would if the government didn’t close it.

JC 7:03 am 29 May 12

beeshive said :

Have been well aware of the bus changes. The new timetable stunningly means my child will wait half an hour for a bus from school to the interchange then wait half an hour at the interchange for a bus to home. The connection used to be good but now my primary school child will take over 2 hours to catch a bus on a trip that takes 15 minutes in the car. I guess new timetabling gives someone else a fair go with connections and others of us have to miss out. It just boggles my mind that public transport can be THIS BAD.

Your mind may well boggle, but at the end of the day there are always going to be winners and yes losers in any timetable change. So long as the winners outnumber the losers then they have done a good job. After all they cannot possibly offer direct connections for every possible journey someone wants to take. If it is such a big issue then maybe this child should be going to their local school rather than one that is that far away that it needs two bus journeys.

bd84 12:36 am 29 May 12

I think ACTION overestimated the popularity of the new 55 Forde/Bonner service, even when free. I saw an articulated bus doing the run about 7pm.. Besides the driver, it was absolutely empty..

RB78 7:06 pm 28 May 12

I saw a big ad on the outside of the bus about timetable changes last week. Don’t think it had a date on it though.

Myles Peterson 1:13 pm 28 May 12

As you should, JB. RA is a valuable new media tool for the Canberra community that understands horizontal communication and is worth investing in.

The old-guard (, not just Fairfax,) can’t seem to let go of their vertical model. Be interesting if Rinehart buys a large enough share to force her way onto the Fairfax board. I look forward to reading about the virtues of zero-taxation on mining companies and the benefits of cheap imported labour.

Oh, wait, buses. Yeah, that new timetable and all that.

johnboy 12:37 pm 28 May 12

With the fairfax looking to end weekday newspaper publishing we look forward to a re-allocation of advertising.

Myles Peterson 12:34 pm 28 May 12

“Well they weren’t advertised on this site ;-)”

Working on an FOI to discover how much government money gets spent where on advertising.

And one of the few downsides to living an ad-free existence (combination of adblockplus and selective use of content) is you miss the occasional important piece of info. Very occasional.

beeshive 11:38 am 28 May 12

Have been well aware of the bus changes. The new timetable stunningly means my child will wait half an hour for a bus from school to the interchange then wait half an hour at the interchange for a bus to home. The connection used to be good but now my primary school child will take over 2 hours to catch a bus on a trip that takes 15 minutes in the car. I guess new timetabling gives someone else a fair go with connections and others of us have to miss out. It just boggles my mind that public transport can be THIS BAD.

johnboy 11:32 am 28 May 12

Well they weren’t advertised on this site 😉

MrMagoo 11:15 am 28 May 12

I’d have to disagree that the changes weren’t advertised, I was certainly well aware and had heard a number of ads on radio about it. Having said that, there is always ‘trouble’ after a network change and it always takes days to bed down. Not to mention that osme of the changes are completely nonesensical..

eatthatfrog 10:23 am 28 May 12

Might also be something to do with the fact that update to Google Transit didn’t occur and now won’t happen until 1 June – see the News section of Action for details

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