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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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puggy 8:43 am 30 May 12

Anna Key said :

Once again, ACTION fails to deliver a bus service that picks me up from my front door at the moment I’m ready to leave, has plenty of available seats, and drops me right at work

You know, for may last job that’s almost what I had! Bus stop out the front door (10m) and 400m from the interchange to the building. Not quite the same with my current job though.

JC 7:09 am 30 May 12

Anna Key said :

Once again, ACTION fails to deliver a bus service that picks me up from my front door at the moment I’m ready to leave, has plenty of available seats, and drops me right at work

Isn’t that a taxi service? But yep spot on.

JC 7:08 am 30 May 12

beeshive said :

It is irrelevant that this case is a child going from A to B. do you seriously think it is acceptable to take so long to travel on a bus from A to B anywhere in Canberra? It takes me up to 105 mins to travel from home to civic on a bus and takes me 25 mins when I drive and park. I havent looked if the new timetable will improve that journey but given the frequency of the bus hasn’t increased, i doubt it. I have seen people turned away from the bus after 4pm when it is full (btw interchanges). But that can be the only bus going to particular subrubs after the interchange. It might be 5 mins for the next 300 series bus but you will still sit at the interchange for 30mins at peak hour waiting for the next bus to your suburb.

I am in the same boat, but am smart enough to realise that there isn’t all that much that can be done about it. Simply put Canberra is way too spread out and our work is generally decentralised (which goes against the 1960’s design of suburban Canberra), this makes it impossible to provide a more direct bus between every possible destination. So we spend time going around the suburbs picking up people before going somewhere to change. It all adds up, but impossible to make substantially faster.

That being said some of the initiatives such as the red rapid and what ever the rapid is (green?) that goes through the Parl triangle is very positive ways of reducing travel times to major work area’s away from the town centres, but yes it still takes time.

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