Just look at my new bendy buses says the Chief Minister

johnboy 1 August 2012 71

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her launch of a fleet of 20 new “accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.”

“It is great to see the first new articulated bus in Canberra in nearly 20 years now entering service and I have no doubt it will be a valuable addition to the ACTION fleet,” the Chief Minister said.

“Between now and March 2013, twenty easy access articulated buses will be progressively delivered replacing ACTION’s ageing articulated fleet, some of which are now up to 24 years old.

“These new buses will assist in meeting demand on ACTION’s most highly patronised routes, such as the Blue and Red Rapid services, while also providing the safest transport for school children where high capacity buses are needed.

“I also hope they help to make public transport a more attractive alternative to driving for Canberrans,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has also tweeted a picture of herself behind the wheel.

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DrKoresh DrKoresh 4:11 pm 04 Aug 12

Innovation said :

On a different issue, while this post is a bit tame, is anyone else getting irritated by posts on RA that use swear words but get around it by replacing the odd letter with another character? I can’t remember where I saw it but there was one a few days ago that was awful.

No way, stop being a %$#& with $#*%!@ in your *^$#% and a #%@! of a %&@#%^&#. You #$!%.

Seriously though, profanity gets through at JB’s discretion, and it seems to be on the basis of profanity vs. content. The more value your post adds to the discussion the more lenient he’ll be. He does tend to replace letters with asterisks though.

Antagonist Antagonist 12:52 pm 04 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

Surely we don’t need an emoticon to show a tongue firmly planted in cheek, KB?

Innovation Innovation 8:42 am 04 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

I though some posters were just taking the Mickey. Based on other photos around town such as on a “local rag’s” website (whose name, I’ll try not to mention again until they acknowledge RA’s on theirs) it looks like it was a photo Op on London Cct outside the Assembly. Although I don’t see what the fuss is about if she is sitting behind the wheel of a parked bus.

On a different issue, while this post is a bit tame, is anyone else getting irritated by posts on RA that use swear words but get around it by replacing the odd letter with another character? I can’t remember where I saw it but there was one a few days ago that was awful.

KB1971 KB1971 8:35 pm 03 Aug 12

Do any of you think she may be at the bus depot & therefore not in a road related area?

She may very well have a HR licence too.

I love how people can get so much bullsh!t from one photo.

cranky cranky 6:41 pm 03 Aug 12

We are having an ongoing conversation regarding workplace health and safety, and the ACT Gov (via Worksafe) is coming down hard on any indiscretions they are finding.

But Barr is able to pick up a circular saw and have at it at a plank of wood, (as, it must be agreed, most members of the public would do it), without any of the OHS, Safe Work Statement, Induction, or any other of the requirements dictated by the ACT Gov.

Similarly, the CM is able to (pretend?) drive a new bus, without, I suspect, a valid bus license.

OK, I’m getting my knickers in a twist, but these pollies are dictating how we conduct our lives, and the safety aspects are paramount in their considerations, but to ride roughshod over all the regulations they impose on others is not on.

dungfungus dungfungus 5:59 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

The TWU decides who can sit behind the wheel of one of our buses; the RTA just look the other way.

damien haas damien haas 5:39 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

One could always look up the license database, assuming the data hasnt been altered by a friend of the family.

dtc dtc 3:05 pm 03 Aug 12

PBO said :

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

And I dont think she has her seatbelt on either. She must be arrested! Call out the response team

PBO PBO 2:22 pm 03 Aug 12

I am curious if she is correctly licenced to be behind the wheel…..

KB1971 KB1971 2:00 pm 03 Aug 12

davo101 said :

Madam Cholet said :

If memory serves me almost correctly, these new buses were introduced quite a few years ago – perhaps 2005?

You’ll find your memory has failed. This is the first new articulated bus ACTION has bought in 20 years as the OP states.

I think Madam was talking about the new gereration of buses, not the artics in particular.

KB1971 KB1971 1:59 pm 03 Aug 12

dpm said :

KB1971 said :

So I am wrong when I get on my bus in Conder at 7am – ish & sit at my desk at 7:35?
So I am wrong when I get on the 788 at 4:32pm & get off it a 5:45pm?
Or the 319 that picks me up at 7:15am & drops me off at 8:10?
Or the reverse, 4:32pm & drops at 5:25?…

Sounds like you’re one of the lucky ones who has a workplace and home bus stop that meet with the schedule. Good for you! Keep up the good work, but don’t expect the current suituation meets with everyone’s lifestyle (work location/hours, home loctaion and family situation), just because it does for you. At the end of the day, these one off case studies of ‘well, my bus ride is fine/is not fine’ aren’t really going to proove much, ‘in most cases’. Hahahaha!

I think it helps if you work in Civic (all buses lead to Civic!). Not so well if you work in tuggers, belco, barton etc (and don’t live there).. If you go back and read any of my old posts (whinges) on this, the problem for me (‘in my case’) is the lack of direct buses directly to/from different town centres (without going through Civic and/or Woden)… That would more than halve my current bus trip and make it viable, which would put one more person on public transport for you! There, we’ve solved the problems of the world, and it’s not even10am yet! Hahahaha!

Yep I sure am. Dont worry, I dont live in the bubble where I think everybody must take a bus, that is ridiculous. I also dont think that Action have all the City covered as efficiently as they could. I just think they are not as bad a people make them out to be & we are lucky to have it.

You know, I was not born & bred in Canberra, in my mispent youth I lost my licence twice, living down the coast with no public transport sucked bum. One of the reasons (not the main reason) I moved from a small country town was the lack of public transport, I was not going to spend another 6 months begging family to get me around, having the buses here was a bonus.

My wife works where there are no buses so we use her to do the kid ferrying duties while I bus/ride (riding is actually pretty good time management as I dont have to make extra time in the day to exercise). We have worked it pretty well.

The reason we do it this way is we dont see the point of wasting money on parking, thousands of dollars gone a year for what? The convenience of having the are close by where it can get broken/run into? (while sitting out in the elements). We still have time to do things with the kids during the week.

I sometimes have thought about getting a job closer to home but I am much fitter for the distance.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 1:57 pm 03 Aug 12

I meant the new white buses as opposed to the orange buses.

davo101 davo101 1:28 pm 03 Aug 12

Madam Cholet said :

If memory serves me almost correctly, these new buses were introduced quite a few years ago – perhaps 2005?

You’ll find your memory has failed. This is the first new articulated bus ACTION has bought in 20 years as the OP states.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 12:28 pm 03 Aug 12

If memory serves me almost correctly, these new buses were introduced quite a few years ago – perhaps 2005? I catch the 111 to work regularly and in 2012, it has only just been updated on the city bound journey to a new one. We still have an old bus on the way home that will either burn your legs of with the underseat heaters, freeze you if the heaters fail, or cook you in the summer becauset here is no air conditioning.

Why has this taken 7 years?

So when they hearld a new arrival of buses I think I can be forgiven for not bursting into a round of applause.

carnardly carnardly 10:15 am 03 Aug 12

How old are kids. Any kids above 7 or 8 attending local schools can ride to school with one parent who then continues on to work on a bike.

There are plenty of ways you can work around it if you choose to. Riding to school with the kids is great exercise and education for them and teaches them how to be safe. Then I do my own trip to work.

Reverse the roles for the return journey or have other parent pick up kid and bike. Kids over 10 can ride to school unaided.

dpm dpm 9:49 am 03 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

So I am wrong when I get on my bus in Conder at 7am – ish & sit at my desk at 7:35?
So I am wrong when I get on the 788 at 4:32pm & get off it a 5:45pm?
Or the 319 that picks me up at 7:15am & drops me off at 8:10?
Or the reverse, 4:32pm & drops at 5:25?…

Sounds like you’re one of the lucky ones who has a workplace and home bus stop that meet with the schedule. Good for you! Keep up the good work, but don’t expect the current suituation meets with everyone’s lifestyle (work location/hours, home loctaion and family situation), just because it does for you. At the end of the day, these one off case studies of ‘well, my bus ride is fine/is not fine’ aren’t really going to proove much, ‘in most cases’. Hahahaha!

I think it helps if you work in Civic (all buses lead to Civic!). Not so well if you work in tuggers, belco, barton etc (and don’t live there).. If you go back and read any of my old posts (whinges) on this, the problem for me (‘in my case’) is the lack of direct buses directly to/from different town centres (without going through Civic and/or Woden)… That would more than halve my current bus trip and make it viable, which would put one more person on public transport for you! There, we’ve solved the problems of the world, and it’s not even10am yet! Hahahaha!

niftydog niftydog 9:29 am 03 Aug 12

KB1971 said :

…just walk up Daly Drive? Especially if you have 17 minutes waiting…

I tried Google Transit and it has an even better suggestion. Less walking, still takes 50 mins, but it worryingly relies on the bus from my house being on time down to the minute!

If anyone hasn’t tried it yet, you should, it takes the hard work out of trawling Action time tables and finding good transfer points.

davo101 davo101 9:13 am 03 Aug 12

milkman said :

davo101 said :

Solidarity said :

Good work. If you find driving stressful, then you are incompetent and a danger to other road users.

If you don’t find driving stressful then I would say your not paying enough attention and probably are a danger to other road users.

What utter crap. If you can’t keep it together, don’t drive. Canberra is not exactly a difficult place to drive.

Read up on Yerkes–Dodson law, you might learn something.

KB1971 KB1971 9:09 am 03 Aug 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

KB1971 – West Belconnen to Barton – 20 minutes by car, over an hour on 3 different buses through 2 interchanges, no matter which route or Rapid you take. Then there’s the walk to the stop, plus having to carry over 20kg of tools and explain to the boss why I am an hour late for work….NOT an option, I’ve researched it thoroughly. My car wins every time,

Ahh, see, you have a purpose to have a vehicle to carry tools, I get that for sure. No issue there for me.

The people who have responded to my initial post have really just confirmed what I am saying. I have never said the buses suit everybody but there are a lot of people who wont explore the option or who use it for a week & because its not what they are used to they give up on it.

But for the majority of people who use it, the travel times suit them & are usually less than an hour.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 5:57 am 03 Aug 12

KB1971 – West Belconnen to Barton – 20 minutes by car, over an hour on 3 different buses through 2 interchanges, no matter which route or Rapid you take. Then there’s the walk to the stop, plus having to carry over 20kg of tools and explain to the boss why I am an hour late for work….NOT an option, I’ve researched it thoroughly. My car wins every time,

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