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Bus drivers boycott Manuka stops

Some commuters have backed a ban which means bus drivers will not pick up or drop off passengers at Manuka bus stops when cars are illegally parked in the bus zones. Transport Workers’ Union ACT secretary Andrew Whale said bus drivers, who were concerned about passenger safety, endorsed the boycott Read more…

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The real cost of free school buses

The Liberals promised they’d do it six years ago, but no-one dreamed they would. Non Government school lobbyists had occasionally raised the free school bus plan (promised by the Liberals in 1995, but not delivered) but it had long been dismissed by unions and government-school lobby groups. The thinking was Read more…

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We still ignore the pluses of buses

THE HYSTERICAL cries over Australia’s petrol prices are not being reflected in a rush to forsake the private car for public transport. The Federal Government is being warned daily that the ‘anger and outrage’ over petrol prices will see it replaced at this year’s election. But it seems all this Read more…

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Horror day for ACTION Buses

One man has died and five school children were injured in a horror day for ACTION buses on Canberra roads yesterday. Ambulance paramedics and police were called to three separate accidents after 3pm, two involving ACTION buses. A man believed to be in his 40s was killed instantly after being Read more…

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Labor’s plan to boost bus use

An ACT Labor government would seriously consider limiting car-parking spaces to encourage greater use of public transport, Opposition transport spokesman John Hargreaves says. Commenting on a survey which showed increased satisfaction with ACTION, Mr Hargreaves said something had to be done to attract people who had a choice to use Read more…

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The bus hubbub we had to have

This week’s decision by the ACT Government to call tenders for the operation of Canberra’s buses was as opportunistic as it was predictable. A full-on industrial dispute at election time, albeit a federal election, never did the liberal party any harm. But to take on “the bullies” of the Transport Read more…

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ACTION knows where it went wrong

It is refreshing to see a major Government transport undertaking admitting that it has made a couple of ‘blues’. Generally, the Government and the bureaucracy never admit to making mistakes although the boners might be of monumental and hugely costly proportions. I suppose that’s a development of the old principle Read more…

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Bus plan for Canberra

Canberra, Tuesday.—A two-man inquiry into Canberra’s bus system has recommended the introduction of one-man buses to ease present heavy losses. The report has been sent to the Minister for the Interior, Mr. W. S. Kent Hughes, whose department runs Canberra buses. The report also discusses economies in the ministerial and Read more…