December 1, 2013
ACTION’s Nightrider service will get revelers home on Friday and Saturday nights during December, and this year it’s free
ACTION is putting the call out for new drivers, with a recruitment drive now open.
The last bus on a Saturday night would wait for the theatre to finish before it left the City – find out what the rest of Canberra’s bus network looked like in 1962.
The final Scania K360UA, Bus 538, entered service on 11 November 2013. Read the full history of ACTION’s articulated bus fleet.
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On 19 July 1926, the Federal Capital Commission commenced the Canberra City Omnibus Service which operated various routes between Eastlake (Kingston) and Ainslie.
Four AEC Renown buses, with body by Syd Wood, were purchased to operate the service. These buses seated 29* passengers, with a separate driver’s compartment, and were powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine.
A fifth Renown was added to the fleet in December 1926.
The only known original registration number of these buses was C137. However in 1927, the five AEC Renowns were re-registered as CO1 to CO5.
In 1928/29, these vehicles were overhauled, including leather seat materials, new sliding windows and improved saloon lighting.
These buses were withdrawn from service in October 1936, having been replaced by diesel-powered AEC Regals.
* Note – seating capacity has been mentioned as either 26 or 29.
- “The Inauguration” article on ACT Bus
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Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the ACT Government’s Nightrider bus service will be free this year.
“To build on the success of the ACTION Nightrider bus service, and in recognition of the important role it plays for late night transport and safety, I have decided to trial the service for free this year,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Nightrider bus is an important part of the Government’s transport services as a convenient option for people to get home on public transport late at night. It’s also an important safety initiative providing alternative transport to people who have been drinking.
“The Nightrider bus starts in time to pick up late night movie-goers and runs through the night to pick up the late night partiers. It’s convenient, safe, and this year it’s free.
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Scania has been selected to supply of a fleet of 77 Euro 6-compliant 12.5 metre route buses by the government of the Australian Capital Territory.
The order is the first for a fleet of Euro 6 compliant buses in the Australian bus market, with the operator, Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network (ACTION), the first to adopt the new benchmark technology.
“ACTION has decided it wants to take a lead in the introduction of Euro 6 emission technology to bus fleets in Australia,” says Trevor O’Brien, National Bus Manager – Government Contracts, for Scania Australia.
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Media Release: TAMS directorate, 5 September 2013
A trial of the NXTBUS real time passenger information system will commence next week on 20 ACTION buses, Director, Public Transport, James Roncon, announced today.
NXTBUS will track ACTION buses, and provide live information about arrival times via digital displays installed at bus stations and next stop announcements onboard buses. It will also provide real time information online, via the ACTION website, as well as over the phone via 13 17 10.
“We are entering an exciting phase in the roll-out of the NXTBUS system with 20 NXTBUS-fitted ACTION buses operating on the Red and Blue Rapid routes (200 and 300 series) for the purposes of testing the equipment,” Mr Roncon said.
“System testing to take place over the next three weeks will allow drivers and operational staff to ensure the system is running smoothly. The next phase of testing will involve a selected public trial.
“Bus passengers travelling on NXTBUS-fitted buses on the Red and Blue Rapid routes will notice that bus stops will be announced and they will be able to track the progress of their bus from the display screen installed at the front of the bus.”
Mr Roncon said that the NXTBUS display screens at the City bus station are being installed today and will be used during the testing process. Work will continue on installing the screens at other bus stations and major bus stops across Canberra over the coming months.
The displays will show the route, destination, platform number, and if the bus is equipped with a bike rack and/or is wheelchair accessible. During the testing phase a combination of both live arrival times and timetable schedules will also be displayed (‘live’ times will be shown in minutes until the bus arrives, for example ’5 min’, while scheduled arrivals will be listed in 24 hour time, for example ’17:05′).
Work has also commenced on the installation of updated signage across Canberra’s 3100 bus stops. Signs have been installed in over 12 suburbs across Canberra to date. The signs will provide bus riders with the details of how they can access service information once NXTBUS is operational.
In the interim, riders who call or send an SMS to the number on the sign will receive timetable information.
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ACT Bus is a Canberra-based Transport Enthusiast Website. Given that buses are the primary mode of public transport in Canberra, the site has a heavy emphasis on ACTION Buses.
We aim to provide a place for transport enthusiasts to discuss their hobby and contribute to the preservation of the history of buses in the Canberra region.
Our site is split into a number of key areas:
- Website – Articles covering infrastructure, routes, fleet specifications, news items and historic events and service initiatives
- Gallery – Over 4,400 images of current and former ACTION Buses, plus infrastructure and historic timetables.
- Fleet Wiki – In-depth fleet information dating back to the 1920s, with individual articles on over 1,000 buses together with fleet lists and summaries for both the current and former fleet.
- Forum – A place where people who have an interest in public transport can gather and discuss their hobby
- Retired Employees Club Website – ACT Bus also hosts the Retired ACT Transport Employees Club Website.
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