ACT Greens invest in bus network

Bus frequency and coverage to improve under Greens public transport plan

Canberra’s bus network will be better equipped to integrate with the city’s upcoming light rail system after a $57 million investment from the ACT Greens.

As well as this investment, the ACT Greens also announced a plan to phase out fossil-fuel buses.

ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury says the strategy is simply to make moving around the city easier.

"This plan is about investing in the things that make people's lives better every day. It's about putting the community first and making it easier to get around our city," Rattenbury says.

"Sitting in traffic is bad for people and bad for the planet. What Canberrans desperately need is more convenient, affordable public transport to get around our city."

The plan will see bus routes matching up with the first stage of the light rail line, and will improve interchanges at Gungahlin, Dickson and Civic.

ACT Greens candidate for Murrumbidgee Caroline Le Couteur says the funding is part of a bigger plan for Canberra’s future.

"The ACT Greens will make sure no one is left behind as our city grows," she says.

"We are boosting the flexible bus service by $1.5 million to ensure that Canberrans with disabilities, or who are older and less mobile, can get around easily and participate fully in our community."

The ACT Greens party has also announced its intention to reduce the number of fossil-fuel powered buses with an additional chunk of cash.

"[We] want to invest $130 million for more clean, green energy buses to integrate with our clean energy powered light rail," the party’s Facebook page states.

The party also intends to freeze fares during the next legislative term if given the opportunity.

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