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Phased implementation of the new ACTION buses

By eatthatfrog - 15 May 2008 33

Following from a previous RiotACT story, I’ve been a little surprised not to see any commentary on the new plan for a staged implementation of the new network due to “the need to recruit more bus drivers to accommodate the requirements of the new Network“. How quickly the wheel turns! [bad pun intended].

Anyway, the skinny is that the new weekday networks are being implemented first, with the changes to the weekend network happening at an undetermined time.

Why not delay the implementation until you’ve recruited the new bus drivers? One of the stated aims of the program is to get bus numbers and times consistent across days and weekends and it seems self-defeating with the new staged implementation.

I also live near one of the bus services cut back. They’ve just installed a new snazzy bus stop with lighting and advertising for a bus stop that will be gone past only 6 times a day (currently it’s more than 14 runs a day). Guess they’re not getting a lot of bang for their advertising buck now!

Anyway, the new timetables will be available from Monday 19 May 2008 for the implementation of the new services on 2 June 2008.

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33 Responses to
Phased implementation of the new ACTION buses
Ian 12:28 pm 17 May 08

These changes look mostly like they are putting in services they’ve taken out previously. “New and improved” seems to equal “restored”. I suspect a lot of their driver recruiting will end up being rehiring ones they gave redundancies too last time they cut back … great planning and more money pissed down the drain.

jenny green 9:55 am 16 May 08

I heard about the recruitment drive just before the Federal Budget and was hoping that I could take a PS redundancy and go drive a bus for a couple of decades… alas, the swingeing was inadequate…

tap 9:49 am 16 May 08

I was under the impression that they only re did the timetables when they wanted to cut services/make things cheaper (could be wrong). Which basically means making it worse.

Melbourne public transport is good, trams are really good. I think it gets less good (to bad) in the far out laying suburbs, but you get that.

CanberraResident 8:30 am 16 May 08

I know, I know … there’s the legitimate stories Stray, but it just seems to go on and on and on and on and on. How many “new” timetables have there been over the past decade? Seems like there’s been several.

Tell me … have the public ever been involved or consulted in the process leading up to the implementation of new timetables? Public meetings. Call for submissions, that kind of thing?

I apologise if I’ve offended …

DMD; is that right? Funny how Canberra can’t get many things right hey …

Deadmandrinking 11:17 pm 15 May 08

Actually the public transport in Melbourne is a hell of alot better than it is here, Canberra Resident.

I’m also sick of my comments being moderated! wtf? I used the star thingie

stray 11:09 pm 15 May 08

Once again Canberran Resident,you miss the point.

When was the last time you experienced a bus ride like the one bd84 described?
in peak hour, to avoid the bunfight for parks each day (in woden esp! gah!) (not to mention the tickets if you get caught out short in the short hour parks that are the only ones left! and before i get lynched, i know i know!! – thats why i started getting the damn bus) and hopefully do your small bit for the enviroment and to put support behind public transport in Canberra at the same time? 5-35 mins each way is enough to drive anyone mad…but instead of whinging here at the risk of being labelled by you, i’ll be doing something about it…

but, what would i know, im only heading out to get my drugs…. 😉

Deadmandrinking 11:08 pm 15 May 08

They’re getting rid of the 33? Motherf*ckers! Don’t they look at the amount of people who get on at dickson/o’connor etc. and get off at the Museum? There’s like, no-one pretty much. I’d walk, but the 33 is a lot quicker when I’m late.

CanberraResident 10:46 pm 15 May 08

Egh. Someone will always complain. That’s why they keep changing it every couple of years. They cave in to all the whingers. Canberrans have it too good, but dikeheads will still whinge when the bus takes 5 minutes too long to get ’em to Civic to buy their drugs …

stray 10:20 pm 15 May 08

poo. the 33 is the best ever….now have to have to rely on the crappy 34 that takes a bazillion years to get to the city?? bler, better buy a bike and join the other inner northerians on the roads – good on ya action….

sepi 8:59 pm 15 May 08

Do the snazzy new bustops actually have bins?

Or are they just putting them at the more deserted busstops so they’ll remain nice and clean.

bd84 8:17 pm 15 May 08

The shelters are provided and paid for by a private company, the advertising helps pay for their building etc. But agreed with the point that they’ve built a whole heap of them where I’ve never seen one bus stop or places where a couple of buses pass a day while well frequented bus stops remain in the open.

MrMagoo said :

I want to know how they propose to get the new timetable right when they struggle with the old one already?

exactly, they don’t have enough buses or drivers.. though they are getting more of both. in the very near future But I hardly expect these changes to make one bit of difference in getting people to use buses as the changes replace the services they removed some 2 years ago, nothing more. They still haven’t listened to people who want buses that run conveniently i.e. reliable not jam packed and don’t take an hour to get somewhere that would take 15 minutes to drive. Until they do that there will be little impact.

canbaron 6:08 pm 15 May 08

Maybe some of the $$ from the advertising on the (snazzy) new shelters could pay for these new drivers? If we’re going to sully the city with its first billboard ads, we might at least be getting something good out of them.

AussieGal83 5:26 pm 15 May 08

Yes! The 729 is coming back!

MrMagoo 11:45 am 15 May 08

I want to know how they propose to get the new timetable right when they struggle with the old one already?

BTW, they might want to ensure they don’t; repeat last nights events by having the Belconnen Bus Interchange in darkness when I arrive dthere on a cennecting bus at about 5.35. Its not the best place to be at night anyway, without sitting there in the dark.

caf 10:57 am 15 May 08

It does seem like an odd thing to do.

I doubt the advertisers care about the timetable changes though – the ads seem to be more directed at passing traffic than waiting bus users.

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