Photo of the Month – December 2014

Bus 553 in East Row. Photo by 'The Inspector'.

Bus 553 in East Row. Photo by ‘The Inspector’.

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Nightrider 2014 – check your route

2014 Nightrider map. Click for full size.

2014 Nightrider map.
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ACTION will again operate Nightrider services during December and also on New Year’s morning.

In 2014, ten services will operate – most routes and departure times have changed from previous years. Please check the details below to find your suburb.

There will be three departures for each route, with six departures on New Years Day.

Services will operate early on Saturday and Sunday mornings: 6/7 December, 13/14 December and 20/21 December 2014 and also on New Years Day.

Nightrider services in 2014 will have a flat fare of $5 – cash only, no concessions.

All routes depart from City Bus Station Platform 7.

Each route operates only to the designated suburbs – passengers must notify the driver of their destination when boarding and the driver will plan the route to ensure patrons are dropped off at the bus stop closest to their home.
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Featured Bus – November/December 2014

Bus 870 at Woden Interchange in 2006.

Bus 870 at Woden Interchange in 2006.

Bus 870 is a Renault PR100.2 bus with body by Ansair, Tullamarine.

Built in July 1990, it was the first “Mk2″ body PR100.2. The Mk2 body featured several differences from the Mk1 body including STC Cannon (Alcatel) flip-dot destination signs, orange over blue livery and relocated luggage rack (allowing for 43 seats). It was also the first bus to be delivered with a driver’s AM/FM radio fitted.

Bus 870 commenced service at Tuggeranong Depot in August 1990, but it is currently based at Belconnen Depot.

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Get on the NXTBUS to ACTION’s new info centre


Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today officially launched NXTBUS – ACTION’s real time information online system at the opening of a new ACTION Information Centre at the City Bus Station.

“From today, ACTION passengers can access NXTBUS real time bus service information online,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“NXTBUS makes finding out when the next bus departs from your chosen location easier. Passengers can look up bus departure times by bus stop ID, route or location and get live results for the next 90 minutes.

“With Network 14 set to come in from 1 September bringing an increase in bus services, NXTBUS will provide a convenient tool for passengers to familiarise themselves with their new network.

“ACTION customers can access NXTBUS from the ACTION website or via its direct URL which is This real time passenger information can now be accessed from mobiles phones, laptops, tablets or computers.

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ACTION Policy on taking photos/video of Buses

Following a request from ACT Bus, ACTION supplied a copy of their policy on taking photos and/or video of its Buses. It has been reproduced below as supplied:

ACTION would like to acknowledge that there is no law in place to prevent a person from collecting photographs or video in public areas. However, ACTION’s operational staff have special responsibilities to maintain a high degree of diligence and to investigate suspicious incidents such as a person taking photographs or videos.

ACTION employees are advised to enquire after the reason for collecting photos. If the activities of the person collecting the photos are causing, or likely to cause a safety issue, nuisance, annoyance or unacceptable invasion of privacy to other people they will be requested to cease collecting photos or video.

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Welcome to ACT Bus

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 5,000  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 1,400 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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