New PT leader for ACT


Capital Metro director-general announced as leader of new PT agency Transport Canberra

New PT leader for ACT
Capital Metro director-general Emma Thomas will head the new Transport Canberra agency to oversee all public transport in Canberra from July 1 this year

Capital Metro director-general Emma Thomas will head the new Transport Canberra agency, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government announced recently.

The new agency will oversee all public transport in Canberra, including Action Bus, Capital Metro, and the Territory and Municipal Services public transport group from July 1 this year.

"I’m so pleased that Emma Thomas will take charge of implementing the ACT Government’s plan for a convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable public transport system," ACT minister for transport and municipal services Meegan Fitzharris says.

"Thomas will bring her extensive experience in both the commercial and public sectors across most forms of transport to this new role.

"This is an exciting time for public transport in Canberra, and Transport Canberra will deliver one ticket, one fare and one network across our city."

Prior to moving to Canberra, Thomas was the state rail commissioner for South Australia and deputy chief executive of public transport.

Her previous experience includes vice president roles at Boeing, senior roles in Transport and Main Roads Queensland (TMR) and she is also a qualified engineer.

Transport Canberra will be responsible for integrating buses with the new light-rail network, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling.

Ms Thomas will continue as director-general of Capital Metro until July 1.

The community will soon have their say on ways to improve Canberra’s public transport network ahead of the introduction of Transport Canberra.

A comprehensive survey should help identify ways to improve Canberra’s public transport system and is scheduled for next month.

A number of public transport access projects are now underway, including the construction of a $1.1 million pedestrian bridge between Richardson and Isabella Plains, linking residents with key public transport routes in Canberra.

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