Media Release: Shane Rattenbury, 7 September 2015
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the details of upcoming changes to the ACTION bus timetable as part of ongoing improvements to the network using MyWay data and passenger feedback.
“Public Transport service planners are continually analysing commuter behaviour and service performance using data from the MyWay and NXTBUS systems in order to deliver a better bus service for Canberra,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Reviewing the timetables offers more opportunity for service planners to make evidence based improvements to the bus service and incorporate feedback from passengers. It is critical that Canberra’s public transport network evolves with the growth of the city and takes into consideration on-ground conditions, such as upcoming road works planned for the Gungahlin area.
“The new timetable, which will commence on Monday 12 October, will feature another round of run time improvements for the network which will make catching public transport even more convenient.
“ACTION has continued to improve on time running over the past three years, from 68% in the 2012/13 year to 74% in 2014/15. Current on time running figures are at 79%, a number we hope will improve again following the changes in October.”
Some of the changes include:
- additional Red Rapid services in the evening;
- increased Xpresso services from North Weston and Chisholm Park & Rides – a bus every 10 minutes in the morning peak;
- introduction of a direct peak Red Rapid service for Crace – providing a one bus journey to and from the City and Parliamentary Triangle during peak times; and
- introduction of a direct peak Blue Rapid service for Florey and Latham – providing a one bus journey to and from the City, Woden and Tuggeranong during peak times.
Mr Rattenbury said there will also be minor improvements and timing changes to school services.
“This announcement is being made a number of weeks in advance in order for Canberrans to view the new timetables and plan their travel options prior to commencement. All schools we notified last week of the upcoming changes.
“The implementation of a new timetable is also necessary to allow the introduction of mandatory 10 minute out of bus breaks for drivers’ shifts. To implement this change service planners have strived to minimise any disruption to passengers with a limited reduction of low patronage services on some routes. This will ensure the most efficient use of the ACTION bus fleet.”
Full details including routes, timetables and maps are available at action.act.gov.au or from the ACTION & MyWay Information Line on 13 17 10.