THREE things we can rely on in life: death, taxes, and fiddling with the bus network timetable.
Shane Rattenbury is enthusiastic that this year’s revision will be for the better.
“I am pleased to announce that ACTION’s new bus network, ‘Network 14’ will commence from Monday 1 September,” Shane said.
“The new weekend network, which will include improved services in areas such as Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, Weston/Molonglo, West Macgregor and Majura Park, as well as services to the National Arboretum, will commence from Saturday 6 September.
“For the first time ever, ACTION has used patronage data from the MyWay system, as well as being informed by over 2300 pieces of correspondence received during the community consultation process late last year, to develop Network 14.
“The information received from the community consultation has shaped the design of Network 14. Right from the onset Network 14 has been developed in response to community demands.
“An extensive community awareness campaign will begin on Monday 18 August, including information on board buses and at major bus stops and bus stations, radio, print and online advertising and stakeholder notification. ACTION staff will also be on hand to answer any questions.
“Timetables and maps of the new routes will also be available from the ACTION website – www.action.act.gov.au – from Monday 18 August and bus books will be available for those without access to ACTION’s online journey planning tools.
“ACT school students will receive information on the new school services from Monday 4 August, which gives them four weeks to prepare for the new timetable and services.”
Mr Rattenbury said Network 14 will provide more direct routes, better connections and increased frequency.
“A number of areas of Canberra will have enhanced services including Molonglo, Gungahlin, Weston Creek, the Parliamentary Triangle, Hume, Brindabella Park and Majura Park, and there will also be greater alignment between the weekday and weekend services.
“The new network will be the highlight of wide ranging improvements the ACT Government is making to public transport in coming months.
“Yesterday I unveiled the first of 77 improved, greener buses which will be more comfortable for passengers and also significantly decrease pollution produced by ACTION’s bus fleet. ACTION’s real-time information system, NXTBUS, is also expected to go live in time for Network 14 to make it easier for people to track their bus.
“A number of infrastructure upgrades are also nearing completion including the dedicated bus lane on Canberra Avenue, the Park and Ride facility in Fyshwick and the Bike and Ride facility in Kippax.”