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