Shane Rattenbury announced today a $9.7 million boost to public transport in the parliamentary triangle, presumably in an effort to alleviate some of the ‘paid parking’ concerns that have arisen.
The cash boost will involve two “significant projects” that will make getting to work on the bus quicker.
Sadly neither of these projects is called “put more buses on the really popular routes which are difficult to get on before 9 on a weekday”, but these ideas sound good too.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the commencement of two significant projects to improve public transport and access to Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle.
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“Work has now commenced on the construction of a dedicated bus lane on an 800-metre section of Canberra Avenue between Hindmarsh Drive and the Monaro Highway. This major project will reduce bus travel times, especially for people travelling to Barton, and especially during peak periods,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“The Canberra Avenue Bus Lane will assist cross-border transport and hopefully encourage more Queanbeyan-Canberra commuters to make use of buses, helping to reduce congestion and parking pressures.
“Walkers and cyclists using Canberra Avenue will benefit from a new shared path on Canberra Avenue, enhanced lighting, additional footpaths, as well as a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Geelong Street.
Mr Rattenbury said that work has also commenced on the construction of a number of new bus stop facilities in Barton and Parkes.
“A new Barton bus station is being constructed on National Circuit to support bus services through the busy Parliamentary Zone. Two new bus stops are being constructed on Kings Avenue to support the increased services at this new Barton bus station,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“This project will also upgrade four existing bus stops on Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to include more comfortable seating and space for future electronic ‘real-time bus information’ displays.