Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government announces trial of 'early bird' bus fares

ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury last week announced that a trial of $1 early bird fares for ACTION commuters who catch a bus before 7:30am on weekdays will take place between May 5 and May 30.

Mr Rattenbury said the early bird trial will reward passengers by reducing their MyWay fare to just $1 per trip – a saving of $1.84 per trip. He added that the measure will also help passengers avoid peak hour crowds.

"Commuters who recharge their MyWay card using Autoload or BPAY will bring in further savings, paying only $0.95 due to the 5 per cent discount received for paying via these methods," the Minister said.

"To take advantage of this offer tag on and off the bus with your MyWay card as usual on any bus before 7:30am on weekdays and the early bird fare will be applied automatically.

"MyWay cards are quick and easy to purchase either online or at any Canberra Connect shopfront or MyWay Recharge Agent.

"This is a great opportunity particularly for those working in the Parliamentary Triangle to give ACTION buses a go. As paid parking is introduced in July, catching a bus to and from work will be an easy and cost effective option for commuters.

"Encouraging commuters to catch the bus outside of the usual peak will have the added benefit of spreading bus capacity over a longer period of time to help make the journey to work even more relaxing," Mr Rattenbury concluded.

More information is available from the ACTION website at <http://www.action.act.gov.au/>.

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