The 2014-15 ACT Budget makes a $69.9 million investment into roads and transport across Canberra, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury announced today.
Improving the accessibility of the public transport system is a priority in the 2014-15 Budget, with additional funding for weekend ACTION bus services as well as improved coordination of community buses to supplement the new ‘Network 14’ bus network. The 2014-15 Budget invests in an upgrade to the Woden Bus Station and construction of a new bus station in Erindale.
Improved public transport
- $2 million for ACTION over the next four years to deliver new weekend bus services to Molonglo, Harrison, Casey and West Macgregor. These services will supplement ACTION’s Network 14 which will run weekday services into these four suburbs.
- $500,000 will go towards developing an enhanced booking system for community transport buses and to better meet the transport needs of the aged and transport disadvantaged.
- $3.25 million is to be invested in the 2014?15 ACT Budget to start the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre and to begin the redevelopment of the bus interchange. The work to be undertaken includes constructing new stairs, ramps and lighting that will greatly improve public safety and access to the Woden Town Square from the interchange on Bowes Street. The project is an important part of making Callam Street Woden’s ‘main street’ and providing new pedestrian and bicycle connections to properly link Woden’s public spaces to commercial and community activity.
- $900,000 to upgrade the existing bus stop on Comrie Street in Erindale to a modern, user?friendly bus station. The new facility will be able to serve ACTION’s Blue Rapid route and local routes terminating at Erindale, as well as any future redirections of the rapid routes through Erindale. The project will also deliver improved shelter, seating and lighting and make Erindale Group Centre accessible for all Canberrans.
Other Budget initiatives include:
- $6.5 million over the next two years to replace ageing underground fuel storage tanks at the Tuggeranong bus depot with an alternative fuel storage facility.
- $6.4 million for ACTION’s cost of operations.
[Extract from ACT Government Media Release, 3 June 2014]