By: Fabian Cotter

TRANSPORT CANBERRA is opening the floor to local bus commuters, asking them to provide feedback and suggestions on how it can best service commuters via the new proposed bus network for 2019.

Canberrans are urged to have their say and shape the future of bus transport.

According to the peak territory transport body, it wants to, "understand how we can best support you to use the bus network and improve your overall experience when using and connecting to public transport," it states

It says information on the proposed New Bus Network for 2019 is now available for travellers to review and to help them assess their regular journeys.

There are two ways to participate: take a survey after reviewing the Regional Guide and/or School Bus Guide to the New Bus Network and thinking through regular journeys. Or they can attend a Regional Roadshow session at one of six locations around Canberra.

Transport Canberra (TC) says it wants learn how it can, "support Canberrans to use the New Bus Network to travel to school, commute to work, attend community and sporting events and get around our growing city.

"In Phase 1 of consultation in 2017, we heard that Canberrans want public transport to be quicker and more frequent. The proposed, New Bus Network delivers this with: more frequent, more reliable buses; simpler routes, seven days a week; more evening and weekend services; better connections."

TC will use respondents' views to, "help shape passenger and other Transport Canberra initiatives that can make travel on the New Bus Network attractive, practical and accessible for more Canberrans."

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TC states that Canberra is Australia’s fastest growing city. In less than 15 years the population is expected to reach more than 500,000, it states.

"Lifestyles are also changing. As more people move away from a 9-to-5 work schedule, there is a greater need for more services for evening and weekend travel."

"The ACT Government is investing now to ensure that the best possible network, fleet and infrastructure are in place to meet the needs of our growing city and ensure Canberra remains one of the most liveable cities in the world."

"The design of a modern, integrated network of bus and light rail is a critical first step."

Commuters and the greater public are encouraged to find out more about the new network and provide feedback via


The new network will include, "10 ‘rapid routes’ that move residents across the city at high frequency."

It will also include, "shorter, straighter, more regular and reliable local services that connect people with their local destinations and into the rapid routes."

"Overall the new planned network provides greater service coverage and frequency, seven days a week at peak and off-peak times across Canberra," it’s claimed.

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