Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today joined ACTION staff in the Parliamentary Triangle to promote bus travel to commuters in the lead up to the introduction of pay parking on 1 July 2014.
“The ACTION road show visited the suburbs of Russell and Barton earlier this week and proved popular with workers who are eager to explore their travel options in the lead up to the introduction of pay parking.The road show gave commuters the opportunity to speak to ACTION staff, learn how MyWay works, examine a modern bus, and find out about other services such as Park and Ride and Bike and Ride,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“This is a great time for those who haven’t tried the bus or maybe haven’t caught it for a while to give it a go. ACTION’s services, fleet and infrastructure are all improving and technology such as the NXTBUS system is enhancing the user experience.
“I’m really keen to see Canberra develop a public transport culture and for Canberra’s public transport to grow into a high quality and convenient service.
“The Parliamentary Triangle is one of the most serviced areas in Canberra with 492 bus trips going directly into the precinct each day, in addition to the 400 that travel along Commonwealth Avenue. Morning service frequency is between one to 12 minutes, and in the afternoon is one to 15 minutes.
“With the introduction of ACTION’s Network 14 in the middle of the year, there will be an increase of more than 100 buses per day, giving an overall of over 1000 services to the area.
“The ACT Government has also recently improved bus infrastructure in the Parliamentary Triangle with upgrades to bus stops on Russell Drive, Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue as well as the new Barton bus station.”
Mr Rattenbury said the ACT Government is working closely with the National Capital Authority (NCA) to ensure effective promotion of the many bus travel options to the area’s public servants.
“Further drop-in information sessions are planned for other areas affected by the introduction of pay parking. We’re also circulating information about bus services to all federal government staff in the Parliamentary Triangle,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.
For more information visit the ACTION website at www.action.act.gov.au or call the ACTION bus information line on 13 17 10.