This morning I had to drop my car in for a service in Mitchell. I then chose to take an ACTION bus to City Interchange to go to work. I caught the 56 bus at 8:46am from the North Western end of Mitchell. I got off the bus in the City Interchange at 9:18am. 32 minutes to travel 8.7km. An average of 16.3km/h. I then had to walk to my office closer to ANU, another 12 minutes thanks to the fun that is crossing Northbourne Avenue on foot, with signals timed for a 5-6 minute waiting time for pedestrians. All up, 9.3km took me 44 minutes using the fasted available means of public transport in peak hour, or 12.7km/h average.
My point, mainly that someone with average fitness could have jogged to the City from Mitchell in less time than it took me to utilise ACT public transport this morning. Someone with good fitness could have done it in 30% less time.
Should travel times like this be considered an acceptable caveat when utilising a cheap form of “environmentally friendly” transport? Is this really an attractive, acceptable, viable solution to getting us out of our less viable (long term) private means of transport?
If not, what can we do to improve environmentally friendly transport to and from the city from the North in peak hour? AM/PM bus lanes on Northbourne? 24h bus lanes on the median of Northbourne? Light Rail? A massive, free car park at EPIC, with express busses running every 2-3 minutes from it, into the City in peak hour? Completely flatten Canberra and rebuild it with the aim of fitting all residents into an 80% smaller footprint?