ACT ‘Nightrider’ to continue


Public have voted to keep Australian Capital Territory’s existing ‘Nightrider’ services

The results of a community survey show 70 per cent of the Canberra community want the existing Nightrider bus service model to remain.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury says over 550 people took part in the survey and 70 per cent of participants indicated they preferred the current model consisting of eight routes every 90 minutes dropping passengers at the bus stop nearest their home.

"Action asked the community whether they would prefer a higher frequency service consisting of three rapid bus routes dropping passengers at major town centres or bus stations to the current model which drops passengers at their closest bus stop," he says.

"Based on the results, Nightrider will continue to operate as per previous years.

"We will now look at the results of survey and announce the final details of the service next month."

Rattenbury says the Nightrider service is a great way to help Canberrans get home during the festive season.

"Nightrider is an important part of the ACT's Government's transport services, providing a convenient, reliable and low cost way of getting home during the festive period," he says.

"It's also an important safety initiative providing alternative transport to people who have been drinking."

The final Nightrider service for 2014 will be determined after Action has had a chance to review all the feedback and details will be communicated to the public from mid-November.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to provide their views, it's really important that we are continually reviewing our services to make sure they best suit community need," says Rattenbury.

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