The 8 Rapid Bus routes to be introduced in mid 2018 received a thumbs up from PTCBR. TCCS Minister Meegan Fitzharris today announced that in 2018 Canberra would have nine rapid transit routes. Eight would be rapid bus, and one would be light rail. The announcement was made at the opening of the new $4 million dollar Dickson bus interchange, directly across the road from the Dickson light rail stop on Northbourne Avenue.
PTCBR are pleased that the Canberra Liberals are now supporting light rail in Canberra. The benefits of light rail for residents and businesses along the light rail stage one corridor have been supported at two elections, and it is pleasing that business owners in Mitchell, and the Canberra Liberals, now support better public transport options.
Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris MLA recently advised the Assembly of the Canberra companies that are helping to build light rail stage one. She advised the Assembly that: 58% of the contracts for stage one have been let to Canberra owned companies. Of the 137 local contracts, they are shared between 114 local companies. That is a great result for a project where one of the objectives was to grow local expertise in building light rail.
Interstate trends are showing more demand for public transport, and services at capacity. The ACT should seriously look at increasing its vehicle order when considering stage two light rail capacity requirements.
Transport Canberra held introduced two new electric and hybrid buses that will be starting regular service as part of a twelve month trial. The Carbridge and Volvo buses are quiet and comfortable.