Photo of the Month – November 2015

TV5964 (MCW Metrobus Mk2) from City Explorer performing Floriade Shuttle duties at Regatta Point. Photo by "King of Buses"

TV5964 (MCW Metrobus Mk2) from City Explorer performing Floriade Shuttle duties at Regatta Point. Photo by “King of Buses”

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Christmas Day Services – 2015

Bus 317 operating a Christmas Route from Tuggeranong

While ACTION operates every day of the year, a heavily reduced service runs on Christmas Day.

In 2015, the Christmas Day services have been revised to provide additional routes to newer suburbs.

There will be 13 special routes operating on Christmas Day along with routes 900 and 950 providing town centre links.

All services are operated by wheelchair-accessible buses.

All travel on Christmas Day is fare-free.




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Featured Bus – November/December 2015

Bus 374 is the class leader of the MAN 18.310 fleet.

Bus 374 is the class leader of the MAN 18.310 fleet – as seen at its media launch.

Bus 374 is an MAN 18.310 with a Custom Coaches ‘CB60 Evo II’ body. It is powered by Compressed Natural Gas.

Arriving at ACTION in 2008, it was the first of sixteen CNG powered 18.310s to join the fleet. It entered service on 29 July 2008, having featured in a media launch earlier that day.

The MAN18.310/CB60 Evo II features a number of improvements over the previous class (Scania L94/CB60), including a revised wheelchair area layout, extra stop buttons, improved seat padding, external LED lights, automatic dimming of interior lights, rear destination signs, a larger driver’s cabin, and redesigned passenger air conditioning and driver heating systems.

374 has been based at Tuggeranong Depot since delivery, and in 2014 carried an all-over-advertising livery for the National Home Doctors Service.

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Transport Canberra: one agency, one ticket, one network

Bus 447 leads two Renualt PR100.2 buses on Cohen St. Photo by T Milton.Joint Media Release – Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Shane Rattenbury MLA

Canberra’s light rail and bus network will be run by a single agency from next year.

To manage Canberra’s growth, reduce congestion and protect our liveability, we need to improve our public transport system. Transport Canberra’s role will be to ensure smooth integration of bus and light rail into a convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable network.

It will be responsible for redistributing more than a million bus kilometres freed up when the first stage of light rail begins running. It will be responsible for integrating buses with light rail, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling.

The establishment of the new agency is part of the ACT Government’s Public Transport Improvement Plan, which is designed to make sure we have a convenient public transport network to manage congestion and make Canberra easy to get around as our population grows. Transport Canberra will keep the buses in public hands.

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Welcome to ACT Bus

Bus 716 in the streets of West Macgregor. Photo by J Tokaji.

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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