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 Workers Union must also be seen as a sound political strategy by the ACT Liberals, who have their own immediate pressures. So much for the Read more…

Buscycle – bike racks on Canberra buses

Canberra’s bus company ACTION launched the first trial of bike racks on buses in Australia. This is what ACTION said in their media release on 14 February 1997: “ACTION will be launching bicycle racks which will be fitted to the fronts of buses and will allow cyclists to reach their destination more quickly by using an environmentally aware means of transport. The first phase of this is to evaluate the bike racks by ACTION operations Read more…

Canberra turns on the gas

Unlike some other Australian public sector bus undertakings, ACTION is taking a cautious approach to compressed natural gas. Perth, Adelaide and Sydney already have numbers of CNG-fueled buses in service or on order, while other city operators are still in the ‘try before you buy’ mode. This is not to say that the adoption of indigenous natural gas is completely ‘on the back burner’ as far as environmentally-conscious undertakings are concerned. Despite what you may Read more…

Lysaght roof for new age bus shelter

A newly completed $16.5 million state of the art bus depot in the outskirts of Canberra creates a new benchmark for the design of environment – and user-friendly transport services, it is claimed. The Tuggeranong Bus Depot uses Lysaght steel roofing materials to set a new standard for form and function in a design that is both an architectural and engineering triumph. The series of buildings which comprise the depot all feature Lysaght Spandek Hi-Ten Read more…

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 drilled into cadet journos in days gone past: ‘Never admit you’re wrong, wriggle out of making a correction with some other approach!’ This is by Read more…

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 special car pools run by the department. ECONOMICAL The report says there are sixty-five 39-passenger buses now operating in Canberra. It says 47 would be Read more…

New bus services for Canberra

A new omnibus time table embracing the Canberra City area will operate as from Monday. Features of the new service will be the introduction of shopping buses, speedier transport from the north to the south side of the river and improved services to outlying suburbs. The introduction of the new service has come as the result of representations by public bodies over a long period A route traversing Commonwealth Bridge has been introduced. Three additional Read more…