Media Release: Katy Gallagher MLA

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, has today written to the Cooma-Monaro Council congratulating them for sponsoring a three month trial of a new bus service from Cooma to Canberra.

“The ACT Government is committed to the development of safe, accessible and efficient methods of public transport and I believe that the Cooma Connector service is a fantastic initiative that meets all of these goals,” the Chief Minister said.

“This initiative will provide an efficient travel option for those who travel daily to Canberra for work and study.

“The Deane’s Transit Group will provide the return service which will operate on weekdays, excluding ACT public holidays.”

The Cooma Connector will service commuters living in Cooma and its surrounding areas, such as Bredbo, Michelago and Williamsdale.

The service will make a stop at Calwell, the Civic Bus Interchange, Russell, the Canberra Airport and Queanbeyan, and will stop at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome and Woden Bus Interchange on request.

Tickets for the service cost $20 for passengers departing from zone one (Williamsdale, Royalla and Michelago) and $22 for passengers departing from zone two (Cooma, Bunyan, Bredbo and Colinton), and can be purchased on board.

“For an extra $3 one way, passengers can store their bikes in the bus luggage area (the bikes must be unassembled for safety reasons) and cycle the rest of the way to their destination, or connect with the ACTION Bus network,” the Chief Minister said.

“This service demonstrates what is possible when we are prepared to work across the border and investigate long term solutions for Canberra and the region.

“I encourage Cooma to Canberra commuters to consider leaving the car at home and getting on board the Cooma Connector,” the Chief Minister concluded.