Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that ACTION’s 2012 Nightrider bus service shuttled over 2,460 people safely home throughout December 2012, breaking the New Year’s Eve patronage record on the way.
“ACTION’s Nightrider service again proved to be a popular and affordable option for Canberrans to get home safely after a night out in the City this festive season,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The service achieved a record number of passengers on New Year’s Eve with 1,246 patrons opting to use the service to travel home. This is an increase of 10 percent compared to 2011.
“I hope we can continue to grow Nightrider’s patronage, as well as to find ways to improve and expand the service.
“Late night public transport options play an important role in making Canberra safer and in giving people more sustainable travel options.
“We’ll conduct a full evaluation of the 2012 Nightrider service and focus on options for improving it in the future.
“I’d like to thank Civic businesses and industry groups for getting behind the service and promoting it to patrons as a responsible way to travel after a night out. The program was a success and I’m pleased to report all Nightrider patrons were well behaved,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.
The 2012 Nightrider program brought services forward half an hour to attract a new segment of the market such as late night movie goers and diners.
Eight Nightrider routes serviced suburbs in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Inner-North, Inner-South, Woden and Tuggeranong, dropping passengers at the bus stop nearest to their home. The service was provided on 7-8 December, 14-15 December, 21-22 December and 31 December 2012