Photo of the Month – February 2016

Bus 969 on Francis Forde Boulevard. Photo by "Bus 400".

Bus 969 on Francis Forde Boulevard. Photo by “Bus 400”.

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Featured Bus – January/February 2016

Bus 732 was one of a number of evaluation buses trialled by ACTION in the early 1990s.

Bus 732 was one of a number of evaluation buses trialled by ACTION in the early 1990s.

Bus 732 was a Scania N113CRB evaluation bus with body by Ansair (Kingston, Tasmainia) that operated for ACTION between 1991 and 1992.

Having been originally ordered by MTT Tasmania, the bus seated 43 passengers and was a standard Hobart bus of its day, apart from the addition of driver’s air conditioning.

Despite not being a low-floor bus, it the first bus in the fleet to feature kneeling suspension. ACTION replaced the original roller blind destination display with an STC Cannon flip-dot display in April 1991.

732 was known to have operated from both Tuggeranong and Kingston Depots. Its last day of service, 5 July 1992, was also the final day of operations for Kingston Depot. On that day, it was the second bus to depart from the depot.

After being withdrawn from service, the bus was sold to Metro Tasmania, where it was assigned fleet number 193. It has since been withdrawn from service.

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New ACTION fares from 2 January 2016

ACTION fares will increase on 2 January 2016.

ACTION fares will increase on 2 January 2016.

Media Release: Territory and Municipal Services directorate, 18 December 2015

New fares for travel on ACTION buses will come into effect early in the New Year, Public Transport Director, Ian McGlinn, announced today.

From Saturday 2 January 2016, MyWay fares for ACTION buses will increase by a maximum of 2.5% with cash fares increasing between 10 and 20 cents.

Mr McGlinn said ACTION continues to offer a highly competitive alternative for passengers travelling to and from work.

“ACTION customers using MyWay to catch the bus to and from work during peak hour will continue to be almost $200 a month better off than those who choose to drive and pay for parking in the CBD.”

Mr McGlinn stated that despite this modest increase, fares for ACTION buses remain amongst the cheapest in the country.

“A trip from Gungahlin to the City during peak times is only $2.98 when paying with MyWay. A similar journey, over 12 kilometres, can cost between $3.50 and $4.50 in other jurisdictions.”

The new fares are shown below:

Cash (on bus only) Current fare Fare as at 2 January 2016
Adult Single $4.60 $4.70
Adult Daily $8.80 $9.00
Concession Single $2.30 $2.30
Concession Daily $4.40 $4.50

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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 6,000 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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