The new integrated public transport network has been designed based on what Canberrans told us they wanted from bus and light rail services:
- Faster, more direct services
- More frequent services
- Better services in the evenings and on weekends
The new network will help us get ready for Canberra becoming a city of 500,000 people by 2030.
How you had YourSay
To develop a new network for Canberra, there have been two rounds of consultation:
In 2017 we asked for your experiences of Canberra’s public transport network through a survey, interactive map and community events. Through that conversation we heard some key themes:
- we want buses to come more often
- we want services to be more reliable
- we want buses to run for longer hours across seven days-a-week
- we want to have faster journeys times
In 2018, following on from Phase 1, we wanted to know how we can best support Canberrans to use the proposed New Bus Network through a survey, focus groups, and talking to people at community meetings, bus interchanges and schools.
Over eight weeks we spoke to people in bus interchanges, schools, at community councils and other community meetings, conducted an online survey and focus groups.
OVER AN 8-WEEK CONSULTATION PERIOD - THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
We reached 9,735 people via YourSay
We spoke to 12,913 individuals
We delivered 16 presentations to over 350 people
We visited businesses, community groups, shopping centres set up 21 roadshows and distributed over 334 brochures
We sent emails to over 504 + 16 submissions to organisations and community groups
We reached a social media audience of approx. 295,581
We received 11,500 items of written feedback
Across the public, community and special interest groups, this is the most engaged-with public consultation through ACT Government ever undertaken.
What did we change following consultation
Following Phase 2 consultation in 2018, we listened to the community’s feedback on the network and made 37 changes across the 58 routes in the network.
Some of the key changes included:
- Rapid 4 extended to provide a frequent, direct Rapid service between Belconnen, the City, Woden and Tuggeranong
- All local buses from Weston Creek and Molonglo now provide access to the Woden Town Centre
- Peak Bus Routes introduced to the City and Barton from south Tuggeranong suburbs such as Gordon, Conder and Banks, and also stopping at Park and Rides in Calwell and Chisholm
You can see what changes were made to the network in your area as a result of community feedback here (PDF 1.5MB).
In addition to improving the regular bus network, which are the buses school students are currently most likely to use, the Government also added 78 more dedicated school services each school day than was proposed during consultation. Find out more here about how students can get to and from school by public transport.
For further details on what we heard please refer to the Listening Report and Consultation Report.
A new Bus Network - Report on what we heard (PDF 191KB)