The ACT government has submitted a development application for a new public transport interchange on Callam Street, Woden.
The interchange is the first stage of the Woden CIT development and will include a light rail station and bus stops.
Canberrans have 14 days to view and have their say on the application.
Transport Minister Chris Steel said the development covered two packages of works, bus layovers on Launceston and Easty streets and the interchange itself.
Mr Steel said construction of bus layovers would begin later this year and work on the interchange would begin in early 2022.
The existing Woden bus interchange would operate as normal during construction of the new interchange.
"We expect to transfer transport services over in 2022 and then work will start on the new CIT campus which will be on the current bus interchange," Mr Steel said.
"There should be a fairly smooth transition.
"That will enable the new interchange to become operational in the same year so we can get on with work on the CIT Woden Campus."
Mr Steel said the light rail station would be able to function as a bus stop until light rail to Woden was built.
"It makes sense to do that now rather than a few years down the track when light rail stage 2B commences," he said.
Mr Steel said plans for the interchange had been developed in consultation with the public.
He said the government had 650 recorded conversations with the public.
Public consultation also included 21 stakeholder briefings, 11 community information pop ups, 183 survey responses and 1236 visits to the CIT virtual consultation room.
"The response was impressive and shows the public's excitement for a safer, more vibrant and better-connected Woden," Mr Steel said.
"The community has spoken, and their concerns and suggestions were heard, particularly in relation to the future bus priority on Callam Street and the addition of more green space.
"Woden has historically been a concrete jungle, so the new interchange will include new tree plantings and additional canopy cover with new green spaces to be built as part of the CIT Woden project."
Mr Steel said the government consulted with bus drivers over layovers to be built on Launceston and Easty streets.
Transport Canberra southside operations manager Michael Scott said the current Woden bus interchange, built in 1972, had served its purpose.
"It's good to see a change in the future - more positive, more greenery, making [the interchange] more customer friendly and bus operator friendly for the whole community," he said.
"A lot of this area is so old now that it isn't as customer friendly as it could be."
He said the new interchange would have improved lighting and increased security measures including CCTV and more Transport Canberra staff.
Mr Steel said the government would consider a North/South road connection through Woden to connect Bradley Street and Bowes Street as a component of the CIT Woden project.
Mr Steel said construction of the new interchange would create 520 construction jobs and encouraged local construction companies to register their interest in working on the project.
Canberrans can view the DA and provide feedback via the ACT government's planning website.
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