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New ACTION bus services you need to know about

HerCanberra Team

“The new bus timetable features new routes and extended services, to make bus travel more convenient, quick and reliable,”

The new Transport Canberra ACTION bus timetable starts Monday 29 August, with new services to Weston Creek and the Molonglo Valley, Crace, Florey and Latham kicking off, and Blue Rapid 300 services to Kippax being extended.

“The new bus timetable features a range of changes people have asked for, including new routes and extended services, to make bus travel more convenient, quick and reliable,” says Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris.

“A key feature of the timetable will be significantly improved services for the residents of Weston Creek and the rapidly growing Molonglo region. This will include the introduction of the Weston Line – an all day service linking Woden, Cooleman Court and Civic via the Cotter Road, an all day service going via the North Weston Park & Ride/Bike & Ride, as well as new services into Coombs.”

What’s new

  • The extension of Blue Rapid 300 services to Kippax along Southern Cross Drive to take advantage of upgraded bus stops and giving residents in West Belconnen a quicker journey.
  • The introduction of the Weston Line, an all day service linking Woden, Cooleman Court and Civic via the Cotter Road.
  • Extension of services for Coombs residents, with Route 83/983 to Woden and Xpresso 783 to the City during peak times.
  • All day services for the North Weston Park & Ride/Bike & Ride, which provides a 15 minute journey to the City.
  • New direct peak services for Crace residents, providing a direct route the City and Parliamentary Zone during peak times.
  • New direct peak services for residents in Florey and Latham, providing a direct route to and from the City, Woden and Tuggeranong during peak times.
  • Additional Xpresso services on the Route 743 and 744 to cater for growing demand from West Belconnen and on Belconnen Way.
  • Adjustments to the Route 81/981 (Tourist Loop) which will now service the new Tourist Information Centre at Regatta Point and Westside Acton Village

City Loop proving popular

The changes complement the popular new free City Loop service, which has attracted more than 10,000 passengers since its introduction.

“I am delighted to see so many people using the free City Loop to get around some of our city’s more popular Civic precincts. This shows that Canberrans will embrace new transport options and opens up public transport to people who might have never used it before,” says Minister Fitzharris.

“The City Loop is proving most popular between 12pm and 1pm and also 5pm and 6pm with the Canberra Centre bus stop the busiest. This free bus service is also of great benefit to students at ANU, while many others are using the free City Loop to do their shopping, catch up with friends for lunch or connect with other bus services.

Plan your travel now

From Saturday 27 August 2016 a range of timetable improvements will come into effect, in line with the weekday timetable change on Monday 29 August.

For more information, including routes, timetables and maps, visit www.transport.act.gov.au or call the Transport Canberra Information Line on 13 17 10.

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