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By johnboy - 13 September 2013 29

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Shane Rattenbury has announced he’s kicking off the consultation on next year’s bus network.

Highlights include:

    — a new service linking Molonglo to Woden and Cooleman Court with a peak hour Xpresso to the City – these services will support increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley

    — a new Rapid service between Gungahlin and Belconnen

    — a new service for Hume

    — improved services between Erindale and Woden

    — improved services to the airport and surrounding business park precinct

    — increased Xpresso services between Weston Creek and the City, including an Xpresso direct to the City from Cooleman Court.

    — improved services into the Parliamentary Triangle, including two new dedicated morning peak services from Woden and services from Gungahlin which now extend into the Triangle rather than terminate in Civic.

No word on whether the new Rapid service will come with an abusive Twitter account.

Meanwhile the Liberals’ Alistair Coe wants to know how this will join up with light rail?

Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe claims the proposed changes to the bus network, in particular Gungahlin bus services, undermine the ACT Government’s light rail strategy.

“Rather than treating Gungahlin Town Centre as a hub, which would be required for light rail, ACTION will now run continuous services to the City, Barton and Russell from numerous Gungahlin suburbs,” Mr Coe said today.

“Whilst this is probably a positive for commuters, it further undermines the Government’s case for light rail.

One would imagine that the bus services can change should the light rail ever arrive?

What’s Your opinion?


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psud 3:09 pm 27 Aug 14

I’m in Wanniassa on the (pre Network 2014) 61 route, and near enough the 785 and 787 express routes.

For me the changes are:
No more turning up to work on an express bus at 9am; last 7xx (now 718, 719) arrives in Civic at half past 8. Annoying, since I like sleeping in.
Route changes put me on the new 64 route which doesn’t have a 164, so no easy peak services for when I miss the 40 minute earlier 7xx. However the 64 follows a slightly shorter route to Woden than the current 61 so a slight time saving there.
The late busses to Wanniassa are no more. I’ll now have to finish my beers before 10 if I want to take a bus home (as opposed to half past 11).

All in all no huge changes for me, just some annoyances with an earlier morning and earlier night.

Is it just Wanniassa, or are all the late suburban services gone?

young_gun 1:49 pm 08 Jan 14

joingler said :

young_gun said :

Hi all, Happy 2014! I was on Action website earlier today to see how this is progressing, but I can’t seem to find anything. 🙁

Anyone in the know as to when the new routes/timetables will be finalised?

Someone asked this on their facebook page a few weeks back and the answer was first half of 2014. Not much more info than that

Thanks, I’ll keep an eye on their Facebook page.

joingler 8:26 pm 07 Jan 14

young_gun said :

Hi all, Happy 2014! I was on Action website earlier today to see how this is progressing, but I can’t seem to find anything. 🙁

Anyone in the know as to when the new routes/timetables will be finalised?

Someone asked this on their facebook page a few weeks back and the answer was first half of 2014. Not much more info than that

young_gun 3:20 pm 06 Jan 14

Hi all, Happy 2014! I was on Action website earlier today to see how this is progressing, but I can’t seem to find anything. 🙁

Anyone in the know as to when the new routes/timetables will be finalised?

ML-585 11:13 am 18 Sep 13

lilliashanne said :

As a regular 788 expresso traveller, the bus is never less than 1/2 full. As a Barton worker living in Gordon (yes, North Tharwa), without this service it would take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to work by bus. It takes 25-30mins – in peak – to drive. What do you think I will (be forced) to do? I would like to understand how this suggested change is an improvement to anything; perhaps the decision makers would like to park their cars at my house and test the route they are proposing – I would be more than happy to accompany them on the 3-4 hour daily round trip. They will certainly have plenty of time to plan more new ‘streamlined’ routes on the journey.

Use this website to send in your concerns: http://timetotalk.act.gov.au/community-engagements/?engagement=proposed-bus-services-for-2014

Remember, unless they actually hear from people, they will go ahead and make the changes as proposed. This is why they have been released for consultation.

Ms_Grumpy said :

So, instead of catching one bus to work (the 788), Mr Rattenbury’s proposed ‘improvements’ mean that I will now have to catch two buses – either the 718 or 719 into the city and then another bus to work in Barton.

Other (better) option is 318/318 to Woden then 791 or 792 to Barton. But see above: send in your concerns.

lilliashanne 9:42 am 16 Sep 13

As a regular 788 expresso traveller, the bus is never less than 1/2 full. As a Barton worker living in Gordon (yes, North Tharwa), without this service it would take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to work by bus. It takes 25-30mins – in peak – to drive. What do you think I will (be forced) to do? I would like to understand how this suggested change is an improvement to anything; perhaps the decision makers would like to park their cars at my house and test the route they are proposing – I would be more than happy to accompany them on the 3-4 hour daily round trip. They will certainly have plenty of time to plan more new ‘streamlined’ routes on the journey.

poetix 10:47 pm 15 Sep 13

The new route 2 going from O’Connor through Deakin and beyond looks terrific.

Ms_Grumpy 5:58 pm 15 Sep 13

So, instead of catching one bus to work (the 788), Mr Rattenbury’s proposed ‘improvements’ mean that I will now have to catch two buses – either the 718 or 719 into the city and then another bus to work in Barton. I guess it will be a longer journey time wise as well. I can just imagine that there will be a number of my fellow 788 users who will say bollocks to that, will hop in their cars and add to the traffic congestion and competition for parking spaces.

I wouldn’t mind seeing the statistics they are presumably using as justification for these proposed changes. The 788 I catch seems more than half full morning and night so it’s hard to see lack of patronage being a reason for the cancellation of the cancellation of the 788.

Please explain Mr Rattenbury!

joingler 5:54 pm 15 Sep 13

RB78 said :

joingler said :

I am slightly peeved off they’ve taken out route 80 but given there was hardly anyone on that bus with me it kinda makes sense. .

The ACTION site says the 80 is being replaced by the 200 and 201

Yeah doesn’t help me. Two nights a week I need to go from civic to Kingston and the 80 is the best option as it goes straight down Commonwealth Ave, past Queastacon then around Bowen Dr to Wentworth. This is literally 10-15 minutes quicker than getting route 4,5 or 200 which spend an eternity going through Russell and Barton.

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