Bus in ACT budget

ACT Government puts the focus on better bus transport in state budget for the year ahead

The ACT Government will spend $152.4 million on projects that will improve public transport as part of the 2015 state budget.

The budget includes $496,000 for the continuation of the flexible bus service, which started last year, and services for older people and people with a disability, plus $264,000 for the continuation of the Nightrider bus service.

Action buses will receive an extra $17.2 million to improve capacity and ease pressure on its busiest services.

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr says this commitment to creating a better bus network, combined with the capital contribution to the Capital Metro Light Rail project, is one of the biggest investments ever made by any ACT Government.

"This investment will allow people to lead a more active lifestyle as part of their daily travel and provide mass transport options for our city," he says.

A huge $375 million has been put aside to cover operational costs, after construction is complete and the light rail project has commenced.

This contribution will be funded by planned state asset sales and a $60 million contribution from the Federal Government, through the Commonwealth Asset Recycling Initiative.

This budget also includes $2.3 million to progress the ACT’s transport reform agenda and adapt to future challenges.

The main focus of this will be to improve bus services and ensure the integration of bus and light rail and road works aimed at easing congestion along vital arterial corridors, were traffic flow can be improved.

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