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Phase 2 of the public consultation on the proposed bus network for Canberra closed on 12 August 2018.

Transport Canberra would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback and input on the New Bus Network for Canberra. We have received over 8000 responses through surveys, emails, calls and social media posts. This significant and unprecedented response speaks to the important role our public transport network plays in the daily lives of Canberrans.

The ACT Government will now take time to process this feedback and use all the data we have received to inform our decision making. An overview of what we heard and how the network will be implemented will be available later in the year.

Our overarching goal is to provide a better, connected rapid transport network that will benefit all Canberrans, their families and visitors to the ACT - now and into our long-term future.

We looked at:

In Phase 1 of consultation in 2017 we heard that Canberrans want public transport to be quicker and more frequent. The proposed, New Bus Network delivers this with:

  • More frequent, more reliable buses
  • Simpler routes, 7 days a week
  • More evening and weekend services
  • Better connections

From 18 June 2018 to 12 August 2018, we asked you, the community, how we can best support Canberrans to use the proposed New Bus Network to travel to school, commute to work, attend community and sporting events and get around our growing city.

Your ideas are being used to:

Your ideas will help shape passenger and other Transport Canberra initiatives that can make travel on the New Bus Network attractive, practical and accessible for more Canberrans.

Key Background

What's happening?

Canberra is Australia’s fastest growing city. In the next 15 years, the population is expected to reach more than 500 000.

Lifestyles are also changing. As more people move away from a 9-to-5 work schedule, there is a greater need for more services for evening and weekend travel.

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.

We have been asking what Canberrans want from public transport in our city. Three key features have been consistently highlighted as priorities:

  • more direct routes
  • more frequent and reliable services
  • increased services on and off peak

What we are planning

Transport Canberra has been guided by the feedback from Phase 1 of consultation and has applied a data-driven approach to design a seven day, every day modern network that includes;

  • Ten Rapid Routes that move residents across the City at high frequency.
  • Shorter, straighter, more regular and reliable local services that connect people with their local destinations and into the Rapid Routes.
  • Overall the new planned network provides greater service coverage and frequency, seven days a week at peak and off-peak times across Canberra

In Phase 2 of the public consultation, we wanted to understand how we can better support you to use the New Bus Network and improve your overall experience when using and connecting to public transport.

The ACT Government is currently reviewing this feedback and we will use all the data we have received to inform decision making. An overview of what we heard and how the network will be implemented will be available for public consumption in late-2018.

What we've heard

Conversations took place with the Community via regional roadshows, community council briefings and targeted sessions with key stakeholders.

Discussions and feedback provided have been collected and are available for you to view.

North Canberra Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the North Canberra Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 20 June 2018.

  • Approximately 30 community members attended the briefing.
  • Presented by Ian McGlinn and Peter Steele of Transport Canberra.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Weston Creek Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the Weston Creek Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 27 June 2018.

  • Approximately 40 community members attended the briefing.
  • Presented by Ian McGlinn and Peter Steele of Transport Canberra.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Gungahlin Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 11 July 2018.

  • Approximately 25 community members attended the briefing in person and 30 members online.
  • Presented by Duncan Edghill and Meghan Oldfield of Transport Canberra.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Inner South Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the Inner South Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 10 July 2018.

  • Approximately 70 community members attended the briefing.
  • Presented by Duncan Edghill of Transport Canberra and Sally Barnes from the National Capital Authority.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Belconnen Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 17 July 2018.

  • Approximately 45 community members attended the briefing.
  • Presented by Ian McGlinn and Peter Steele of Transport Canberra.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Tuggeranong Community Council briefing

A public meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council was briefed by Transport Canberra on 3 July 2018.

  • Approximately 80 community members attended the briefing.
  • presented by Duncan Edghill, Peter Steele and Ian McGlinn of Transport Canberra.

A summary of the briefing is available to view here.

Note: Summaries from other conversations and briefings held will be posted over the coming weeks.