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Weekend buses, cycle paths slated in transport plan

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Larissa Nicholson

A bus timetable that is the same seven days a week is a key feature of the new ACT government transport strategy announced today.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell said the change had come out of community consultation on Canberra's public transport system "so that people don't have to interpret a completely different timetable for their weekend services."

He said the move away from a timetable that changes on the weekend would help build community confidence that the public transport system could be relied upon and increase the number of people using buses.

The government also announced that by 2021 all Canberrans would be within a 10 minute walk of public transport services operated on a 30 minute frequency, halving the maximum wait times that some commuters face now.

In the short term, Canberrans can also expect to see 600 upgraded bus stops and 12 major new bus stops installed by the end of the year.

There are also plans for 30km of new cycle paths across the territory.

Mr Corbell said the government aimed to increase the number of Canberrans walking, cycling or using public transport to get to and from work to 23 per cent by 2016, and that light rail options would be considered on a case by case basis for major transport corridors.

The strategy also includes plans for ring roads for traffic that integrate with central road corridors for public transport.

12 comments so far

  • They should include ride sharing / car pooling in the transport plan. coseats.com connects commuters heading the same way.

    Commenter
    Scott
    Date and time
    March 19, 2012, 2:15PM
    • At the risk of sounding a little cynical, is this just another plan that will never be fully implamented by a Government that is unlikley to be re-elected?

      Commenter
      Jaric
      Date and time
      March 19, 2012, 2:31PM
      • But will the cyclists actually use the bike paths or will it just be like Alexandrina Drive Yarralumla where countless cyclists refuse to use the bike path that runs virtually parrarel to the road. Perhaps the money would be better spent upgrading roads like these to include adequate shoulders and a dedicated bike lane.

        Commenter
        Marie
        Date and time
        March 19, 2012, 2:49PM
        • "so that people don't have to interprete a completely different timetable for their weekend services."

          Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/weekend-buses-cycle-paths-slated-in-transport-plan-20120319-1vezx.html#ixzz1pXFJkJlu

          Seriously? Is this a real problem? People really can't determine what day it is and then determine the appriate bus schedule? I know Canberra is a unique city in it's design and how it's Governed but the humour in it all is now becomming depressing.

          Commenter
          OMG
          Location
          Fyshwick
          Date and time
          March 19, 2012, 3:58PM
          • OMG says "People really can't determine what day it is...?"

            OMG. the problem is not knowing what day it is, the problem is *knowing* that there *are no* services on the weekend, especially Sunday.

            Ever tried catching the bus (carrying your bike) home on a Sunday evening after an exhausting day's bike ride to the other end of the city?

            If this new plan solves this problem, then Corbell's plan is nothing short of brilliant.

            Commenter
            Drew
            Location
            Watson
            Date and time
            March 19, 2012, 10:23PM
          • @Drew. Brilliant? You think Corbells plan is Brilliant? You have low or biased standards. Personally I would prefer the money that is to be spent on this ridiculous plan to be put into our health system so that people don't have to wait 3 months for an MRI or a week for their children's hooping cough tests to come back from Brisbane (because we don't have the testing equipment here in Canberra).

            This is Canberra, a deliberately spread out city. We need to accept that despite our good intentions or desires that any plan for public transport should include part or partial car driving eg drive/ride to a hub and then get on a frequent point to point bus. This works for the rail network in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.and we can do the same, but with buses.

            Commenter
            OMG
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            March 22, 2012, 1:01PM
        • Instead of having the buses going through the suburbs they need to streamline the service - have feeder buses in the suburbs take people to and from the major depots and regular fast buses dedicated to getting people between the depots quickly. Also having large, safe parking lots for commuters would make it easier for people who do have to drive some of the distance.

          Commenter
          Tuggeranong Resident
          Date and time
          March 19, 2012, 4:18PM
          • Population growth should be on the agenda.. We won't resolve any of the ACT's major problems until we first resolve the everything issue - population. This will be discussed tomorrow night with GrowthBusters coming to the Arc Cinema at NFSA...

            Commenter
            GrowthBuster
            Date and time
            March 19, 2012, 4:41PM
            • Weekend buses the same? Sounds more like a handout of penalty rates to the TWU than any attempt to improve services and passenger numbers.

              Commenter
              Arthur McKenzie
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              March 19, 2012, 5:49PM
              • Great. Now let's hope those buses actually turn up. Doubt it. What about looking at routes. I still have to walk for 15 minutes into the next suburb to catch a bus no matter what day of the week it is. Hence why I haven't caught a bus for 3 years.

                Commenter
                wheredoicatchit?
                Date and time
                March 19, 2012, 7:36PM

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