The ACT Government’s trial of a new high frequency bus service between the Gungahlin Market Place and Canberra Railway Station in Kingston commences Monday 16 November offering buses every 15 minutes from 7am and 7pm.
Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope said the Government had invested $1 million for a trial of the high frequency service, called REDEX.
“REDEX will deliver more buses, more frequently throughout the day,” Mr Stanhope said. “Buses will run every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm between the Gungahlin Market Place and Canberra Railway Station in Kingston, via Mitchell, Northbourne Avenue, the City, Russell and Barton.
“Travel on REDEX buses is free for the first week between 9am and 4.30pm to encourage Canberrans to use the frequent service in off-peak periods.
“I expect this service to be enormously successful. We know that what people want from a bus network is frequency, regularity and reliability, and that’s what we’re delivering with REDEX.”
REDEX will be trialled until 30 June 2010, including the school holidays, but not the Christmas and New Year period.
A review of the trial and community and driver feedback will help form the future of REDEX and its potential growth, which could include an extension to Fyshwick.
ACTION will also consider additional REDEX services for Belconnen and the Tuggeranong Valley, depending on the review.
Information on REDEX is available from the ACTION website at http://www.action.act.gov.au/.
All 14 REDEX buses are low-emission, wheelchair accessible and provide bike racks and on-bus information screens.