Transport Canberra launched to aid ACT public transport

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Pedal Power ACT representatives were on hand to witness the unveiling of the ACT’s new transport agency, Transport Canberra, on Monday 4 July 2016.

It is an initiative aimed at making moving around Canberra easier and more convenient, providing more transport choices for Canberrans wherever they live and integrating buses and active travel options seamlessly with the light rail network.

To coincide with the launch, work has started on a new integrated transport ticketing system for buses and light rail across Canberra.

The Transport Canberra free City Loop service also started on Monday 4 July, changing the way people move around the Canberra CBD and making public transport more frequent and easier to use, with a strong focus on customers.

Transport Canberra’s mandate is to deliver a quality public transport system that is convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable. It will be responsible for integrating buses with the light rail network, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling. It will reallocate more than a million bus kilometres freed up by the first stage of light rail across the bus network.

The ACT Government Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris, was quoted as saying:

“The launch of Transport Canberra today is the most exciting change to public transport in Canberra’s history,” said Minister Fitzharris.

“We have created a new agency, but we are also backing it up with innovative ideas, policies and practical solutions to revolutionise our public transport and keep Canberra moving.

“By 2032 there will be almost 500,000 people living in Canberra, and if we don’t plan now and make positive changes to our transport system, congestion will cripple the lifestyles we all enjoy – we already know that without light rail, commuters from Gungahlin are looking at an hour-long trip to work in the morning. The time to think about solutions to those congestion problems is now and the answer is an integrated transport system for the people of Canberra.

“Our comprehensive survey of the ACT community has told us that Canberrans want public transport to be easy to use, to be there when they need it and to get people where they need to go on time.

“Transport Canberra will implement a range of public transport improvements over coming weeks, months and years, including improvements to ACTION to deliver a better bus service, a single ticketing system to ensure seamless travel between different modes, and a commitment to convenient travel in our city for everyone – no matter where you live.”

Members from the Pedal Power ACT team will be meeting with a representative from the Transport Canberra office next week to better understand the specifics as to how the new initiative will operate and serve to benefit active travellers in the ACT. A further update will be provided from the team in the next edition of NewsWheel.

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