We’re getting ready for a city of 500,000 people by 2030. To support our growing population the ACT Government is delivering an integrated transport network with buses working alongside light rail to get Canberrans and visitors where they want to go.
The ACT Government is investing now to ensure that the best possible network, fleet and infrastructure are in place to meet the needs of our growing city and ensure Canberra remains one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The design of a modern, integrated network of bus and light rail is a critical first step.
Canberra better connected under new network
We’ve listened to the community’s feedback on the network and made a number of updates to the bus network. We will also introduce a range of services to support customers to use it.
The new network will begin on Saturday 27 April 2019, with school services starting when term two begins on Monday 29 April. Timetables will be released in early March.
The new proposed bus network has been designed to offer more integrated public transport services and includes:
- a connected network of ten Rapid routes, including light rail
- proposed local services to connect people within their district and to Rapid services
- more trips with greater frequency
- same weekday and weekend services with extended hours to meet the needs of our growing city.
Explore your new bus network
Post consultation - Canberra’s Integrated Public Transport Network (labelled changes) (PDF 1,512KB)
Post consultation - Canberra’s Integrated Public Transport Network (without labelled changes) (PDF 1,510KB)
The community told us they wanted changes to some of the proposed routes and 37 changes have been made across the 58 routes in the network.
The community told us they supported a high frequency, seven-day network of turn up-and-go rapid buses. There will be services at least every 15 minutes along 10 Rapid transport corridors from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, continuing into the evening with less frequency. Sunday and public holiday service times will also be extended to 10pm.
In addition to improving the regular bus network, which are the buses school students are currently most likely to use, the updated network also includes 78 more dedicated school services than in our initial consultation to help students get to school.
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 we heard
For further details on what we heard please refer to the Listening Report and Consultation Report.