Media Release: Amanda Bresnan MLA, Housing Spokesperson, ACT Greens

ACT Greens MLAs have today inspected a double decker bus being showcased in Canberra by the Bus Industry Confederation and the Australian Company, Bustech.

“I was interested to learn that the showcased double decker can carry more passengers than the standard ACTION articulated bus, and is cheaper,” said ACT Greens Transport Spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.

“One of the issues the Greens are concerned about is peak-hour capacity problems in the ACTION network. It is unacceptable that Canberra’s Canberra commuters are left waiting as a full bus drives by their stop.

“I am interested to know if the Government has considered using double deckers to help ease overcrowding.

“The bus brought to Canberra today was also accessible for older people and people with disability. Issues of the vehicles height and bicycle racks would also need to be considered.

“What is certain is that the Government needs to do something about peak hour crowding; at least by expanding its fleet of high-capacity buses.

“Today’s tour was informative and is a reminder that there are many exciting options to improve our public transport network, which will help ease Canberra’s growing traffic congestion,” Ms Bresnan said.

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