$1 trial extended

The ACT has extended a trial of $1 bus fares due to initial success with the project

Australian Capital Territory will extend a $1 bus fare trial following the promising results of the experiment.

The trial started on May 5 offering a $1 early bird fare to MyWay card holders who catch a bus before 7.30am on weekdays.

The trial is now being extended by four weeks until June 27.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury says the early bird fare has been well received by Action passengers who have fed back positive comments on the trial.

"Due to the promising results of the trial, including an immediate change in travel behaviour particularly from adult MyWay passengers, the initial four-week trial period has been doubled to eight weeks," he says.

So far during the trial, passenger boardings before 7.30 am have increased on average by 1,500 each week.

This increase in passenger numbers includes passengers who have changed travel time as well as new passenger growth.

There has also been an increase in MyWay card usage overall and a positive change across high frequency commuter services such as the Red Rapid, Blue Rapid and Xpresso routes.

The increased use of earlier bus services has also resulted in less congestion in the peak period.

Independent research is being carried out on the early bird trial.

"The results of this research combined with passenger numbers over the extended trial period will provide ACTION with insights into passenger behaviour and influence whether or not an early bird fare is incorporated into Action's fare structure," says Rattenbury.

"The early bird trial is a great time for commuters to try out ACTION buses, to avoid parking hassles and to save money.

"It's also a good time for regular ACTION commuters to try out an earlier bus as a way to both save money and to avoid the busier peak period."

The extension will also provide more comprehensive data on passenger behaviour.

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