Transport Canberra have published the timetables and maps for the new bus network which commences on Monday 29 April 2019. The same routes will operate seven days a week (other than school services and peak-only services) with services on Sunday nights extended to 10pm.
The Light Rail service between City and Gungahlin will commence service prior to the new bus network, resulting in a multi-modal public transport service with an integrated fare system.
From the start of the new bus network until 26 May 2019, travel will be free for MyWay card holders, including travel along the light rail, provided passengers tag on and off.
The new bus network will rationalise school services, remove the free inner-city loop, the tourist loop and most peak-hour Xpresso services. Despite these changes, Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris is confident that the new network represents an improvement, saying “we know this will be a big change for many people, but we hope having a more frequent, faster network every day of the week will encourage more people to catch public transport.
“There will be services at least every 15 minutes along rapid transport routes from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, continuing into the evening with less frequency. Weekend and public holiday service times will also be extended to 10pm[¹]
“This is a new era for public transport in Canberra. Our city is growing and that’s why we are investing in a better public transport network to keep Canberra connected”, she added.
: Saturday night services will run until midnight, Sunday services will finish at 10pm.