Can­berra will get its new rapid bus net­work two years ahead of sched­ule, with nine more di­rect routes start­ing next year

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Can­berra will get its new rapid bus net­work two years ahead of sched­ule with nine more di­rect routes start­ing next year, the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced.

The first stage of light rail is also on track for com­ple­tion to­wards the end of 2018.

ACT Min­is­ter for Trans­port Can­berra and City Ser­vices Mee­gan Fitzhar­ris re­vealed the new net­work while open­ing the Dickson Bus In­ter­change re­cently.

“A new era of pub­lic trans­port in Can­berra starts in 2018, mak­ing it eas­ier than ever be­fore for all Can­ber­rans to get where they need to go,” she says. “Our up­graded net­work will rev­o­lu­tionise the way peo­ple use pub­lic trans­port in Can­berra, tak­ing cars off the road and in­creas­ing pa­tron­age across the city.

“The first stage of light rail will free up a mil­lion bus kilo­me­tres and we are putting those to work to de­liver a faster and eas­ier pub­lic trans­port net­work that will re­duce con­ges­tion and pro­tect our live­abil­ity as our city grows.”

The new in­te­grated trans­port net­work will op­er­ate seven days a week across nine rapid bus routes.

Rapid buses will con­nect town cen­tres, sub­urbs and the city, form­ing one of the most cru­cial pieces of Can­berra’s fu­ture in­te­grated trans­port net­work.

Th­ese ser­vices will run at least ev­ery 15 min­utes along core trans­port cor­ri­dors from 7am to 7pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

All rapid bus routes will also op­er­ate over the week­ends, with a gen­eral fre­quency of ev­ery 15 to 30 min­utes.

Con­sul­ta­tion on the broader net­work started in late Oc­to­ber this year to help net­work ad­min­is­tra­tors bet­ter un­der­stand how lo­cal buses, park and rides, ac­tive travel routes and more will con­nect to the new net­work.

De­tails of con­nec­tions, routes and timeta­bles will be sub­ject to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion early next year.

Trans­port Can­berra’s new rapid net­work is built around the Gun­gahlin to City, Fraser to Fysh­wick, Spence to Can­berra Air­port, City to Lanyon, City to Wo­den, Bel­con­nen to Gun­gahlin, and Bel­con­nen to Wat­son routes.

The new rapid routes will be op­er­a­tional from mid-2018.

Above: New rapid bus ser­vices will be rolled out in Can­berra early next year

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