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Updated ACTION bus network starts 15 November

By ML-585 - 18 October 2010 15

When the new Belconnen Bus Stations open on 15 November 2010 (as previously mentioned here), changes to ACTION’s routes and timetables will also occur.

The best-known of these changes (as mentioned in the ACT Budget) is the extension of the Redex service to DFO (weekdays only). There will be several other changes which are possibly less well known:

    – Route 5 will cease to operate between City and Gungahlin to prevent duplication with Redex;
    – New route 50 will operate between City and Gungahlin after 7pm;
    – New route 57 will provide a service to Franklin from City and Gungahlin;
    – An additional morning trip will be added to route 757 to Fairbairn Park;
    – Route 44 will be modified to service West Macgregor (Macfarlane Burnet Ave);
    – Services to Kippax and the Parliamentary Triangle will be re-scheduled to improve their frequency (by being more evenly spaced);
    – City Interchange departure points will be altered – non-peak services will no longer depart from Northbourne Ave.

There is no mention of what, if any, changes will be made to the weekend services. Also there appear to be no services provided to the new suburbs of Casey, Bonner and Crace.

New timetables will be available from 1 November.

Information sourced from: ACTION,   ACTBus.net, Gungahlin Community Council

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Updated ACTION bus network starts 15 November
Gungahlin Al 6:25 am 21 Oct 10

ML585: Question A: The proposed network prepped by the consultant recently did include collection routes for these new suburbs, but ACTION has this whole network to be implemented by 2023! What I’ve been saying is that it is pretty much what is needed now. So your answer is yes.
B: Better is the EPIC park’n’ride, which we first proposed in May 2007: http://www.gcc.asn.au/images/stories/Bus%20submission%2017052007.pdf and was finally agreed to in this year’s budget.
C: Monash Drive should be preserved as a potential route, if only as a last resort if successive ACT Govts continue to fail to deliver a lasting Gungahlin-Civic transport solution. See: http://www.gcc.asn.au/News/Transport/monash-drive-has-to-stay.html

Ray: Agreed – see my previous link in comment #10.

Aenveigh: I hear you, but we’ve said tidal because there will be significant resistance to any solution that involves trashing a lot of the trees. We’ve made a judgement call that we’re more likely to achieve a positive outcome with just a tidal lane for bus movement, plus a central (safe!) cycle path. PT users on side. Car drivers on side. Treed avenue lovers on side. And in this year’s budget the ACT Govt agree to fund a feasibility study of it. So another shift towards a win. Of course, bi-directional light rail can also fit in with minimal tree removal. That’s our preferred position.

Aenveigh 9:10 pm 20 Oct 10

Why only a tidal lane? If you’re going to go the trouble of asphalting down the middle of Northbourne, make it 6/7m instead of 3.5. That way stops at all times of day are consistently located and signed, instead of the actual pickup location moving depending on time of day. Plus once contra-flow traffic picks up you’re already covered, and without the kind of problems we’ve seen on other roads when later on you decide to widen.

However the route changes seem an improvement. Although it kind of feels like tinkering I hope that similar changes (for the better) crop up every few months as part of a continual revision and improvement cycle.

Ray Polglaze 11:53 pm 19 Oct 10

What would be the problem with sending an express bus route and then light rail down the centre of Northbourne Avenue?

Action also seems to be reducing the number of buses that stop on Northbourne Avenue. The number 5 is one of the main buses that now stops at all stops on Northbourne Avenue while the 727 goes past.

Action picks up a lot of passengers on Northbourne Avenue. So I suppose it might be inconvenient to have to stop and pick up lots of passengers.

An option would be to have shuttle buses servicing Northbourne Avenue between Civic and Dickson and then run the Gunghalin buses express down the centre of Northbourne Avenue to Civic.

ML-585 1:23 pm 19 Oct 10

Gungahlin Al said :

It is good to see ACTION responding to such suggestions. But there is a fundamental problem unresolved so far in that virtually every route finds its way into Civic. Leads to conga lines of buses down Northbourne…

We need suburban collectors (even half-size buses) that drop everyone at express stops then get back to their suburban wandering.

(A) Did the GCC lobby for bus services to Crace, Casey and Bonner?

(B) The Dickson Bus Station (to be built by 2012) might allow for interchange of Gungahlin services onto a direct City service. (Even if only during off-peak times.) Although there are many passengers who do not like having to change buses.

(C) An alternative to the conga line of buses down Northbourne would be a busway direct from Gungahlin to City which bypasses Northbourne Avenue altogether. Which, for the light-rail pushers, could eventually be converted to a light-rail track. Now where would that go? The words “Monash” and “Drive” come to mind. Perhaps the GCC should try lobbying for that.

shadow boxer 10:51 am 19 Oct 10

lol, that would do, good run for the buses and the cars can have their three lanes back.

Gungahlin Al 10:16 am 19 Oct 10

shadow boxer said :

Good idea Gungahlin Al, I agree, we also need to come up with a way to get the buses that do go to civic off Northbourne avenue alltogether. Create a clean run for them somewhere else or at the very least force those that need to stop on Northbourne to turn off before stopping.

You mean like this?:
http://www.gcc.asn.au/images/Gunsmoke/2010/issue_118.pdf

James-T-Kirk 9:18 am 19 Oct 10

Actually, I think I will simply continue to drive, and park in my company funded(via negotiation) parking spot!

James-T-Kirk 9:16 am 19 Oct 10

Buses??? Where we’re going we don’t need buses.
(or tickets, or colds and flues, or cranky children, or smelly, sweaty passengers….)

shadow boxer 8:57 am 19 Oct 10

Gungahlin Al said :

The additional service leaving Gungahlin at a more reasonable time in the morning is most welcome and follows lobbying by Gungahlin Community Council.

Also welcome is splitting the service that currently wanders through Harrison, the Franklin then Mitchell.

There is a DA current with ACTPLA for a bicycle shed at Flemington and Nullarbor to help those who want to use the Redex service but are further than a comfortable walk from the Flemington Road Redex stops.

It is good to see ACTION responding to such suggestions. But there is a fundamental problem unresolved so far in that virtually every route finds its way into Civic. Leads to conga lines of buses down Northbourne…

We need suburban collectors (even half-size buses) that drop everyone at express stops then get back to their suburban wandering.

Good idea Gungahlin Al, I agree, we also need to come up with a way to get the buses that do go to civic off Northbourne avenue alltogether. Create a clean run for them somewhere else or at the very least force those that need to stop on Northbourne to turn off before stopping.

damien haas 8:39 am 19 Oct 10

New ticket service has been delayed until ‘early’ next year.

Gungahlin Al 3:43 pm 18 Oct 10

The additional service leaving Gungahlin at a more reasonable time in the morning is most welcome and follows lobbying by Gungahlin Community Council.

Also welcome is splitting the service that currently wanders through Harrison, the Franklin then Mitchell.

There is a DA current with ACTPLA for a bicycle shed at Flemington and Nullarbor to help those who want to use the Redex service but are further than a comfortable walk from the Flemington Road Redex stops.

It is good to see ACTION responding to such suggestions. But there is a fundamental problem unresolved so far in that virtually every route finds its way into Civic. Leads to conga lines of buses down Northbourne…

We need suburban collectors (even half-size buses) that drop everyone at express stops then get back to their suburban wandering.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:40 pm 18 Oct 10

…and from 15 November your current regular bus driver will be changing to a different shift.

Bugger. The guy who drives the bus I catch is a Zen monk. He has ample opportunity to kill the stupid every day but he just gives a grimacing smile and lets it all wash over him.

bd84 12:52 pm 18 Oct 10

So basically the existing shit network is being patched up and will still be shit from 15 November. They could just cap it off by having fewer services.

majorLazer 12:05 pm 18 Oct 10

Route 5 was very redundant after the introduction of Redex, glad to see that has changed now. When the new ticket service being introduced if anyone knows?

Very Busy 12:00 pm 18 Oct 10

…….and from 15 November your current regular bus driver will be changing to a different shift.

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