MEDIA RELEASE – Public Transport Association of Canberra welcomes the release of the electric bus trial results

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The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) welcomes the release of the ACT Government’s electric bus trial results, as announced today by Transport Minister Chris Steel at the Australian Transport Research Forum.

PTCBR Interim Chair Ryan Hemsley said that “PTCBR supports the important work that the ACT Government is doing to better understand the performance and characteristics of electric buses. Buses will continue to play a critical role in public transport in the ACT as light rail is extended to Woden and beyond, and this trial shows that electric buses have significant potential to be an important part of the ACT’s public transportation system and emissions reduction goals”.

Mr Hemsley added “The trial has also shown areas where the manufacturers of electric buses need to concentrate their development efforts in order to address the operational requirements of public transport operators such as Transport Canberra.

“The ACT Government has a pressing need to replace around a quarter of the bus fleet in the next few years to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act and other roadworthiness requirements. This alone should provide sufficient incentive for manufacturers to provide suitable emissions-free vehicles.

“PTCBR looks forward to further initiatives from the ACT Government as it prepares to refresh and reposition the Transport Canberra bus fleet in a rapidly changing public transport environment.”

Ryan Hemsley is the Interim Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Canberra region’s peak public transport lobby group.

MEDIA RELEASE – Public Transport Association of Canberra supports the ACT Government’s efforts to improve bus service reliability

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The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) welcomes the release of the ACT Government’s 10 point action plan to improve the reliability of weekend bus services, as announced today by Chris Steel, Minister for Transport.

PTCBR Interim Chair Ryan Hemsley said that “Canberrans, especially those without access to alternative transport, deserve a reliable bus service to ensure they are able to participate in work, family and community events. A reliable bus service is also essential to ensure visitors to Canberra can visit its many attractions. The unannounced weekend cancellations of recent months have not contributed to the reputation of Canberra as a place with reliable public transport. We will be closely monitoring the reliability of services in the coming months.”

Mr Hemsley added “PTCBR is concerned that the short term reliability improvements are reliant on reduced frequency on some local bus services, and encourages Mr. Steel to re-double efforts to restore full services as soon as possible.”

You can read the full action plan on the Transport Canberra website.

Ryan Hemsley is the Interim Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Canberra region’s peak public transport lobby group.

MEDIA RELEASE – Public Transport Association of Canberra welcomes the fast-tracking of light rail to Commonwealth Park

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The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) welcomes the ACT Government’s decision to progress with the first section of the City to Woden light rail route. The decision announced today by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Transport Minister Chris Steel ensures that work on the second stage of Canberra’s light rail network will get underway as soon as possible.

PTCBR Interim Chair Ryan Hemsley said that “Commencing construction on the leg between Alinga Street and Commonwealth Park is the first important step towards bringing fast, frequent, reliable and attractive public transport to Canberra’s south, and will help retain the skilled workforce acquired during the construction of stage one.”

On the design elements of Stage 2A, Mr Hemsley said that “The details of the route design, operation and approval are the responsibility of the relevant Federal and Territory government entities. On the issue of light rail stage two, PTCBR’s main goal as an outcomes-focused organisation is to see the successful completion of light rail between the City and Woden.”

“We trust that the Federal and Territory Governments will work together to ensure this is achieved in a manner that realises the greatest benefit to the citizens of Canberra.”

Ryan Hemsley is the Interim Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Canberra region’s peak public transport lobby group.