Shane’s special buses now servicing Tuggeranong

Share Canberra's trusted news:

shane rattenbury

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT Government’s free flexible bus service is now available to transport disadvantaged residents in Tuggeranong.

“There have been over 819 boardings on the flexible bus service since it commenced on 1 September 2014 and its expansion into Tuggeranong suburbs including, but not limited to, Kambah, Wanniassa, Isabella Plains, Gordon and Banks will allow more people to use the service,” Shane said.

“Designed specifically for residents such as the aged and people with disabilities, the flexible bus service is a free service which operates off a basic timetable, picking up residents from their home and taking them to local community facilities such as local shopping centres and hospitals. Each bus is wheelchair accessible and is operated by a member of the Special Needs Transport team.

“The new Tuggeranong service, which was introduced in response to requests from residents for flexible transport options in the area, is currently running every Tuesday and Friday, picking up from the Hyperdome and Erindale Shopping Centre as well as the Canberra Hospital on request.”

Shane said Tuggeranong brings the number of areas serviced to five, with the demand responsive flexible transport also offered in Belconnen, Woden, Weston and the inner south.

“There have been regulars who have used the service every week since it started including the oldest traveller who is 93. People also book in to be transported to one-off appointments or recreational activities. Whatever the need or occasion, the flexible bus service is there to ensure transport disadvantaged Canberrans can travel conveniently during the day. Carers accompanying an eligible person and who hold a valid carer’s card are also permitted to travel.

“To make a booking, passengers can call the Centre on 6205 3555 from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday or email flexiblebusservice@act.gov.au. Bookings must be made two days prior to travel. If a bus is full, an alternative option will be offered as the service is flexible by nature.”

Mr Rattenbury said the service is currently two months into a 12 month trial and will be reviewed before being funded further.

Information on the flexible transport service, including who is eligible, can be found at www.transport.act.gov.au

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleVolunteer campground hosts wanted
Next articlePlayful exhibition explores children’s rights

Leave a Reply