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Redex – Starts 16 November 2009

By Ryan - 1 November 2009 14

ACTION’s long awaited Rapid Express Direct – Redex – Service begins Monday 16 November 2009.

Redex is a high-frequency, limited stops service between Gungahlin Marketplace and Kingston Railway Station via Mitchell, Northbourne, City, Russell and Barton.

Route 727 will operate every fifteen minutes between 7am and 7pm weekdays, and is expected to be serviced by ACTIONs brand new MAN 18.320 Climate Controlled, Easy Access, Bike Racked buses. (Photos here

Information and Map can be found at this page on the ACTION Website.

There’s also a fair bit of discussion about the service in this thread at ACT Bus, dating back to May when the trial was first announced.

What’s Your opinion?


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Redex – Starts 16 November 2009
bd84 8:42 pm 02 Nov 09

Another 45-50 minute route, remind me what’s new and improved? It will be alright for those not travelling too far along the route, otherwise it’s practically more of the same.

TP 3000 8:35 pm 02 Nov 09

Just to add to my post, most public transport networks have trunk routes (intertown) & feeder services. The feeder services converse the country side & take people to the bus/trains stations to change to the trunk services. Once Casey Group Centre opens, Ngunnawal/Nicholls (where the 51 went) services will terminate in Casey.

TP 3000 8:32 pm 02 Nov 09

Buggles said :

Another option could be to set up a ‘park and ride’ at EPIC, which has been long mooted but never got up. This would suit folks particularly in areas like Franklin and Harrison, as well as Watson.

There are plans for a Park & Ride at the intersection of Flemington Road & Wells Station Drive.

Ryoma said :

But to then get to work in Belconnen? I had no idea which suburbs which bus would go to, so I jumped on the first one that said “Belconnen” on the front of it – Route 51. Close to 50 minutes later, I got off. Who on earth was stupid enough to encourage so much suburban sprawl? Stanhope, you’re sacked in my view.

The 56 & 58 are the intertown service (of sorts) to Belconnen. The bollards would tell you this & if you were unsure ask a bus driver (they don’t all bite). ACTION did propose a Route 50 that would run the shortest route from Belconnen to Gungahlin. But the final network last year this route disappeared.

Thumper 8:12 pm 02 Nov 09

If the ACT Government repeat this type of planning incompetence in the Molonglo Valley I will happily tie myself to the bulldozers to stop it.

You can bet your first born on it…

Buggles 7:26 pm 02 Nov 09

I love the idea of Redex and will use it, but seems a bit odd to me that the ACT Government hadn’t done anything to try and create a proper ‘park and ride’ area somewhere around the Gungahlin Town Centre, where would be commuters could leave their cars.

Most of the parking around is three hours or less, with the exception of a few rows in the two underground car parks and the car park diagonally across from Emergency Services Centre.

Another option could be to set up a ‘park and ride’ at EPIC, which has been long mooted but never got up. This would suit folks particularly in areas like Franklin and Harrison, as well as Watson.

anonymous gungahlian 6:36 pm 02 Nov 09

TP 3000 said :

anonymous gungahlian said :

That sounds convinient. When they say limited stops, does that mean they only stop at the new orange bollards?

The route & stopping pattern can be found on the timetable which can be found at http://www.action.act.gov.au/pdf_maps_25_May/weekday_combined/Redex_timetable.pdf

Oh, thanks. (=

Ryoma 6:22 pm 02 Nov 09

I think it sounds a lot better than my experience with Gungahlin bus routes today. I had to take my wife (who is Japanese and pregnant) out to her female doctor in the Gunghalin town centre. Bus Route No.5 was a breeze – 20 minutes, almost a straight line.

But to then get to work in Belconnen? I had no idea which suburbs which bus would go to, so I jumped on the first one that said “Belconnen” on the front of it – Route 51. Close to 50 minutes later, I got off. Who on earth was stupid enough to encourage so much suburban sprawl? Stanhope, you’re sacked in my view.

But it gets better – this afternoon, I needed to check out a rental open house in Palmerston. This time I looked (although not closely enough, busy day at work with so many away) at Route 56, which seemed to go right past the street I wanted – wonderful. Ended up in Gungahlin thoroughly confused. I asked the bus driver on the return journey (route 56 again) who said that it went via this area on it way to Civic. What the?

Here (http://www.action.act.gov.au/pdf_maps_25_May/weekday_combined/56_combined.pdf)
is the PDF outlining it – up one side of the suburb and down the other. On the plus side, the 35 minute bus ride to get near it has happily ruled out any thought of living in any of Gunghalin’s suburbs for me.

If the ACT Government repeat this type of planning incompetence in the Molonglo Valley I will happily tie myself to the bulldozers to stop it.

Granny 4:22 pm 02 Nov 09

I really hope the community will get behind it.

I am going to try to get into the habit of parking at the marketplace and taking the Redex the rest of the way into Civic.

(I wanted them to call it the Bunyip Express, but they weren’t up for that I’m afraid ….)

I think it would be great if the department promoted it within the local schools so the kids would get enthusiastic and tell their parents about it. They could really enjoy an inaugural ride as an excursion perhaps. Then they could do some cool stuff at Kingston and take the Redex home again.

whartonj 4:08 pm 02 Nov 09

This service is an absolute joke!!!

I currently catch a 51 from Ngunnawal Primary School @ 7:14am and get to the city @ 7:45am. If I catch the new 727 REDEX service from Gungahlin Market Place @ 7:16am I will get to the city at 7:46am. I save 1 minute. Whoopty-do.

I currently leave home at 7:10am to catch the 51 and will need to leave at the same time to get to the Market Place to catch the 727 @ 7:16am. So for the saving of 1 minute, I’ll need to start driving my car and pay more in fuel each week or catch the 6:45am 51 and stand at the market place for 20minutes.

What a bunch of morons! This trial is already doomed before it starts!

Gungahlin Al 11:37 am 02 Nov 09

This service is very much in line with what we have been promoting via our submissions and discussions on public transport (except of course that buses have to still mix it up with traffic congestion). So it is good to see and we will be working to promote the service in Gungahlin to ensure it is that much harder to stop it when the trial concludes.

One idea we floated when Action presented the trial to our October meeting was that we would include free tickets in our next Gungahlin Smokesignals newsletter – that will be almost 18,000 copies and should ensure a quick take-up.

icantbelieveitsnotbu 10:30 am 02 Nov 09

About time!

vg 8:54 am 02 Nov 09

What a revolution! If I’m lucky it will save me 10 whole minutes

TP 3000 9:40 pm 01 Nov 09

anonymous gungahlian said :

That sounds convinient. When they say limited stops, does that mean they only stop at the new orange bollards?

The route & stopping pattern can be found on the timetable which can be found at http://www.action.act.gov.au/pdf_maps_25_May/weekday_combined/Redex_timetable.pdf

anonymous gungahlian 6:21 pm 01 Nov 09

That sounds convinient. When they say limited stops, does that mean they only stop at the new orange bollards?

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