Media Release: Territory and Municipal Services directorate, 18 December 2015

New fares for travel on ACTION buses will come into effect early in the New Year, Public Transport Director, Ian McGlinn, announced today.

From Saturday 2 January 2016, MyWay fares for ACTION buses will increase by a maximum of 2.5% with cash fares increasing between 10 and 20 cents.

Mr McGlinn said ACTION continues to offer a highly competitive alternative for passengers travelling to and from work.

“ACTION customers using MyWay to catch the bus to and from work during peak hour will continue to be almost $200 a month better off than those who choose to drive and pay for parking in the CBD.”

Mr McGlinn stated that despite this modest increase, fares for ACTION buses remain amongst the cheapest in the country.

“A trip from Gungahlin to the City during peak times is only $2.98 when paying with MyWay. A similar journey, over 12 kilometres, can cost between $3.50 and $4.50 in other jurisdictions.”

The new fares are shown below:

Cash (on bus only)Current fareFare as at 2 January 2016
Adult Single$4.60$4.70
Adult Daily$8.80$9.00
Concession Single$2.30$2.30
Concession Daily$4.40$4.50

MyWay AdultCurrent fareFare as at 2 January 2016
Off peak$2.31$2.37
Weekday cap$8.80$9.00
Weekend/public holiday cap$5.32$5.45
MyWay ConcessionCurrent fareFare as at 2 January 2016
Off peak$0.81$0.83
Weekday cap$4.40$4.50
Weekend/public holiday cap$1.97$2.02
MyWay StudentCurrent fareFare as at 2 January 2016
School student – school days$1.10$1.13
School student – non school days$1.45$1.49
Weekday cap$4.40$4.50
Weekend/public holiday cap$1.97$2.02

“The ACT Government is committed to providing an efficient bus network which meets the travel needs of the community. ACTION has made a range of improvements recently including an improved weekend bus timetable, the continued replacement of DDA compliant Euro 6 buses to the ACTION fleet as well as improved signage and facilities for Park and Bike & Ride facilities across Canberra.”

Improving the timeliness of services has been a particular focus, with the latest timetable improvements in 2015 bringing on time running above the target of 75 percent.

In November Public Transport launched an open data performance dashboard, which allows the public to see how ACTION is tracking against a range of performance measures including patronage, network punctuality, service delivery and on time running.

Performance data has become critical to the continual improvement of the ACTION network and we hope to implement further improvements in the near future whilst being transparent in our efforts.

“From 1 July 2016 ACTION buses will integrate with light rail, as part of a brand new agency Transport Canberra – ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling,” Mr McGlinn said.

For more information on bus fares and other ACTION service related information visit

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