Local bus services will run at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays under major changes to Canberra's public transport network.
The changes, which will come into effect from Saturday, July 18, will add an extra 690 daily bus services and slash travel times for some commuters, particularly those in Tuggeranong.
However, plans to add extra weekend services have been delayed until early October because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transport Minister Chris Steel will on Tuesday announce a major update of the city's year-old bus network, which is designed, in part, to help avoid overcrowding on public transport as Canberrans start returning to offices, schools and university.
But with patronage expected to rise on the back of an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the government is now moving to increase services - even if it is still not actively encouraging Canberrans to jump back on board.
Transport Canberra are also scheduled to put on extra light rail services from July 18, which will be on, or around, the date the ACT moves to stage 3 coronavirus restrictions.
"Our advice still remains the same about transport, which is to avoid travel in peak times," Mr Steel said.
"However, implementing this update to the bus network will assist in supporting those who need to use public transport. This provides more options for people to spread out their travel and avoid the peak, as well as shorter journeys across our city."
The ACT government was preparing to implement significant changes to the network in late April, but those plans were put on hold as commuters were forced off public transport amid the coronavirus shutdown.
The planned changes were in response to the thousands of commuter complaints about the re-drawn bus network, which was rolled out alongside the launch of light rail in April last year.
Moves to streamline the network involved the controversial axing of some services and bus stops, which forced people to walk further to catch a bus.
While the government had already made more than 130 tweaks to the so-called Network 19, the changes earmarked for implementation earlier this year were to be the most significant yet.
Under the update, all of Canberra's regular bus services will run every 30 minutes, at all times of the day, during the week. At present, 10 routes shift from 30 to 60 minute services during the day.
The additional 692 services equates to a 17.5 per cent increase.
Arguably the biggest winners from the changes will be passengers commuting between Tuggeranong and the city.
The rapid bus from Lanyon to the city will no longer detour through Barton, a move Transport Canberra believe could slash 20 minutes off the travel time. A new "frequent local" bus service will be put on to cater for those travelling from Woden to Barton.
The Rapid 5 bus from Tuggeranong will run every 10 minutes all day on weekdays, as will the rapid bus from Denman Prospect shops to the city.
Tuggeranong residents, who have been among the vocal opponents of the revamped network, will be able to catch a bus directly to Canberra Hospital and Woden Town Centre. The bus route covering Wanniassa will now make extra stops.
"The government has listened to community feedback," Mr Steel said.
"These improvements have responded to what we have heard from Canberrans, as well as analysis of transport data."
New school bus routes will be included in the update, catering to students at Amaroo, Good Shepherd Primary, Red Hill School and Melrose High School.
In another change, more buses will run on the Rapid 6 route to cater for students at Narrabundah High School.
The new network will include 55 extra weekend bus services - but not until the start of October. Mr Steel said the pandemic had delayed the training of new drivers, a process which includes face-to-face teaching.