Mayor Rattenbury brings news that with the drinking season upon us the night buses are coming back:
“The Nightrider service is a convenient public transport option to help people home safely after a night out in Civic this festive season,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“ACTION buses will provide the service. Like last year, it will operate on 7-8 December, 14-15 December, 21-22 December and a New Year’s Eve service on 31 December 2012.
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“Fares will be $5 to ensure the service is an affordable option for people to get home. Last year the $5 fare proved very popular with a total of 2608 people using Nightrider across the four weekends. This compared to 979 people using the service in the same period in 2010 when the fare was $10.
“After feedback from last year, we have decided to bring the departure times forward. The first bus will now depart from 12.30 am rather than 1 am. This will help attract a new market to the service such as late night movie goers.
“I am pleased to say that the Nightrider service is funded for the next three years, rather than receiving one-off funding year to year.
“We will evaluate the service after it concludes next year, including by looking at options for a potential expansion to the service,” Mr Rattenbury said.
The Nightrider bus will depart from Platform 7 at the City Bus Station. Eight Nightrider routes will take passengers home every 90 minutes between 12.30 am and 4.15 am with extra services to operate on New Year’s Eve.
The Nightrider routes will service suburbs in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Inner-North, Inner-South, Woden and Tuggeranong dropping passengers at the bus stop nearest to their home. Each bus will have CCTV facilities and ACTION supervisors will be within the City Bus Station to assist with marshalling