Budget 2016-17

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508_HibbersonThe 2016-17 ACT Budget was handed down on 7 June 2016. It included the following improvements to the Canberra bus network.

  • The establishment of the new, free Transport Canberra City Loop to connect commuters travelling in Canberra’s CBD;
  • $43.8 million over four years to deliver existing transport services and meet increasing costs as identified in the ACTION review;
  • $10 million over two years to deliver 20 new buses as part of the ongoing fleet replacement program;
  • $3.5 million over four years for improvements to public transport services in Weston Creek and the Molonglo region. This includes a new all-day direct service called the Weston Line providing improved connectivity between Woden, Cooleman Court in Weston and the City. To meet increasing demand, Wright will receive increased coverage and frequency and the Route 83 and Xpresso 783 services will be extended to include Coombs. These new services will help make public transport a more convenient option for commuters;
  • $1.5 million for the design and construction of a new Park and Ride facility in Wanniassa;
  • $300,000 for improvements to the Woden bus station to provide a better bus station for the Woden town centre;
  • $1.8 million for workshop upgrades to make buses more reliable;
  • $900,000 for a 12-month trial of three electric buses on ACTION’s regular on- and off-peak route services; and
  • $775,000 for the design of a new bus depot in Woden to cater for growth in the bus fleet. This work will provide a foundation for the future construction of a depot to enable Transport Canberra to manage buses more efficiently and reduce dead running.