25 July 2016
The ACT’s new public transport agency Transport Canberra was officially launched this month with the goal of making moving around Canberra easier and more convenient, providing more transport choices for Canberrans wherever they live, and integrating buses and active travel options seamlessly with the light rail network.
One of its Transport Canberra’s first pieces of work is development of an integrated transport ticketing system for buses and light rail across Canberra.
The work, which was allocated $3 million in the 2016-17 ACT Budget, will look at options to upgrade or replace the current MyWay system that is used for travel on ACTION buses and will be rolled out on light rail when it starts operating.
“It might not seem like a big deal, but seamless integration is vital to public transport patronage,” Light Rail Business Link Program Manager, Ben Maguire said. “People must be able to walk, ride, drive or catch a bus to a light rail station, hop on a tram and get where they want to go. It has to be that easy and hassle-free. People shouldn’t have to worry about paying for their bus ride one way and light rail another.”
The Transport Canberra free City Loop service also began in July.
“This is about building a public transport system that integrates with and strengthens light rail,” Mr Maguire said. “Places where light rail has been a success have an efficient and frequent bus service linked to light rail, usually in the city centre.”
Transport Canberra’s mandate is to deliver a quality public transport system that is convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable. It will be responsible for integrating buses with the light rail network, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling. It will reallocate more than a million bus kilometres freed up by the first stage of light rail across the bus network.