THE ACT Government last week officially launched the Territory's new public transport agency, Transport Canberra, which has a mandate to deliver a quality public transport system that is convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable.
Transport Canberra 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.
In a statement, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Transport and City Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris described the launch of Transport Canberra as the next step in making public transport in the ACT even better.
"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," Ms Fitzharris said.
"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."