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Network improvements


Updates by region
New timetables
A-Z schools listing

Network update to add 692 extra bus services each weekday and more direct routes

On Saturday 18 July 2020 the ACT Government will introduce a significant public transport network update that addresses community feedback and makes it easier for Canberrans to avoid the peaks and spread their travel across the day.

The Network 19 update was originally due to be implemented on 28 April 2020 but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated network will provide 692 extra bus services each weekday – a 17.5% increase – and bring more direct routes, more frequent services and significant improvements across the network for all Canberrans.

As some Canberrans are gradually returning to work during Phase 3 of recovery, we will be implementing an improved bus system with more services on key routes to help avoid crowding. The ACT Government’s advice still remains the same about public transport, which is to avoid travel in peak times. However, implementing the Network 19 update will assist in supporting those who need to use public transport.

Updates by region are available further down the page.

Overview

Benefits

Benefits of the updated network are:

  • More services, particularly off peak, with an extra 692 bus services running every weekday.
  • More local buses running at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays.
  • Faster travel times across our city.
  • Better coverage of Taylor, Denman Prospect, Wanniassa, Giralang and McKellar.
  • Better connected, with timetables for routes that serve the same area better coordinated to improve connections and reduce waiting times for passengers.

There will also be a range of improvements for students using public transport to get to and from school, including new school specials, extra services on busy routes and new bus stops.

We have been listening. These changes have been identified based on feedback we have received from the community, patronage data, and discussions with key community stakeholder groups, such as community councils and schools.

When will it change?

These changes will commence from Saturday 18 July 2020. Changes to services for school students will commence from Monday 20 July 2020, first day of Term 3.

When will timetables be available?

Timetable information is available now. Passengers can find out more about how their journey will change by:

NOTE: The updated network is not yet accessible via the TC Journey Planner. This is expected for early July. Further information will be provided to customers once this is live.

Printed timetables will be available in early July from select MyWay recharge agents, at major public transport interchanges or by calling 13 17 10.

Schools

Changes to school services

From the first day of Term 3 (20 July 2020), there will be further improvements for schools and students. This includes:

  • additional school specials, including new routes and extra buses on busy school specials at schools such as Amaroo School, Red Hill School and Melrose High School;
  • extended school specials, with some services extended to provide a service to more students for schools like St Edmund’s College and Calwell High School;
  • more services to meet high demand, such as extra Rapid 6 services for Narrabundah College students;
  • faster school specials to save time for families each day, at schools like St Francis Xavier College and Radford College;
  • adjusted timetables to match bell times at schools like Giralang Primary and Lyneham High School; and
  • changes to bus stops to make it easier for students to catch a bus from schools like St Monica’s Primary and Telopea Park School.

Many other students will also benefit from wider improvements to make public transport faster, more frequent, simpler, easier to use and better connected.

These improvements were developed through consultation with schools, as well as analysis of patronage data and feedback from parents’ groups, schools and individual families.

Timetables for every route will change from Term 3, and there will also be a number of improvements to Rapid, local and school special routes. All families using public transport should plan their journey by:

Weekends

Weekends

The increase in weekend bus frequency will come into effect in Term 4, or earlier depending on the completion of further driver training which has been delayed due to the pandemic.This will ensure reliable weekend frequency for passengers and will support more non-essential travel over the weekends.

Since the ACT Government released the Weekend Bus Service Reliability Action Plan in September 2019, we have been working to improve the reliability of weekend bus services by recruiting more drivers, enabling more drivers to work on weekends.

As a result, Transport Canberra is now consistently meeting its reliability target for weekend bus services. Since the beginning of November 2019, Transport Canberra has delivered 99.9% of all scheduled weekend bus services and met its target of 99.5% every weekend.

Light rail

Light rail

The ACT Government extended light rail service peak times in February, and increases to light rail frequency will also commence from Saturday July 18, which will see morning services increase to every 5 minutes and earlier Sunday services from 7am.

Maps

New network maps

Region maps

Get an overview of all the routes servicing Canberra’s regions.

Interchange and station maps

Region specific improvements

Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong

These improvements will make public transport in Tuggeranong:

  • faster, with travel time savings of about 20 minutes from Tuggeranong to the City for passengers using Rapid 5, as well as many other faster trips across our city;
  • more frequent, with Rapid 5 running every 10 minutes all day on weekdays, all local buses running at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • simpler, with local bus services 72, 76 and 77 running directly to Woden Town Centre and the Canberra Hospital from suburbs such as Oxley, Monash, Chisholm, Richardson and Gowrie, and every Rapid 4 heading south from the City continuing to the Tuggeranong Town Centre;
  • easier to use, with all Rapid 4 and Rapid 5 services leaving from Platform 4 in the City Interchange, directly opposite the Sydney Building; and
  • better connected, with timetables for routes 70 and 71 through Kambah and Weston Creek coordinated to improve connections and reduce waiting times for passengers travelling to Parliament House and Deakin.

As part of these changes, the Government is also:

  • removing buses from Anketell Street to make the Tuggeranong Town Centre more pleasant for pedestrians; and
  • expanding the Wanniassa Park and Ride to make it easy for residents to catch a frequent Rapid service direct to Woden, the City or Belconnen, with construction expected to commence later this year.

Tuggeranong region map (PDF 475KB)

Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo

Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo

These improvements will make public transport for Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo:

  • more frequent, with a Rapid 10 service every 15 minutes at peak times, more Rapid 6 services for Narrabundah College, all local buses running at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • simpler, with Rapid 4 and Rapid 5 both taking the most direct route from Woden to the City, and a new route 59 introduced for Forrest, Barton and Russell, which will run every
    15 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • better connected, with timetables for routes 70 and 71 through Kambah and Weston Creek and routes 57 and 58 to Parliament House and Deakin coordinated to improve connections and reduce waiting times for passengers; and
  • easier to use, with all Rapid 4 and Rapid 5 services leaving from Platform 4 in the City Interchange, directly opposite the Sydney Building, and new bus stops for a future Denman Prospect school.

The Government is also expanding the North Weston Park and Ride to make it easy for residents of Weston Creek and Molonglo to catch a frequent Rapid service directly to the City, with construction expected to commence later this year.

Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo region map (PDF 520KB)

Belconnen

Belconnen

These improvements will make public transport in Belconnen:

  • faster, with travel time savings of about 9 minutes in the morning on route 41 from Charnwood, Flynn and Melba, as well as many other faster trips across our city;
  • more frequent, with route 32 running every 10 minutes at the busiest times and all local buses running at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • simpler, with routes 23 and 24 extended to run between the Belconnen Town Centre and the Gungahlin Town Centre and route 18 extended to Dickson to reduce the need to change buses; and
  • easier to use, with bus stops re-opened along the full length of William Webb Drive in McKellar and a new route 901 connecting the Belconnen Town Centre with Calvary Hospital, CIT Bruce and the University of Canberra Public Hospital.

Belconnen region map (PDF 528KB)

Gungahlin

Gungahlin

These improvements will make public transport for Gungahlin:

  • more frequent, with all local buses running at least every 30 minutes on weekdays;
  • simpler, with local bus services from Crace, Palmerston and Nicholls to the Belconnen Town Centre to reduce the need to change buses; and
  • easier to use, with new bus stops in Taylor.

Gungahlin region map (PDF 437KB)

Inner north

Inner north

These improvements will make public transport in the inner north:

  • faster, with travel time savings of about 4 minutes each way on Rapid 9 between Dickson and Belconnen, as well as many other faster trips across our city;
  • simpler, with route 18 extended to Dickson, reducing the need for passengers to make multiple transfers; and
  • easier to use, with bus stops re-opened on Northbourne Avenue, Federal Highway and at Dickson Interchange.

Inner north region map (PDF 519KB)

Inner south

Inner south

These improvements will make public transport in the inner south:

  • more frequent, with more Rapid 6 services at the busiest times, all local buses running at least every 30 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • simpler, with route 902 running direct from Old Narrabundah to the Woden Town Centre, seven days a week to reduce the need to change buses, Rapid 4 and Rapid 5 both taking the most direct route from Woden to the City and a new route 59 introduced for Forrest, Barton and Russell, which will run every 15 minutes all day on weekdays;
  • easier to use, with selected Rapid 2 services stopping at the railway station for connections with trains to and from Sydney; and
  • better connected, with timetables for routes 57 and 58 coordinated to improve connections and reduce waiting times for passengers travelling to Parliament House and Deakin.

Rapid 6 will also terminate at the City Interchange instead of continuing to City West, in preparation for the start of construction on Light Rail Stage 2A from the City to Commonwealth Park.

Inner south region map (PDF 493KB)