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Funds for buses & improved bus services



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The ^Minister ff&r the Capital Territar$g

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr Kep Enderby,

said today the Budget provided funds for the provision of more

buses and improved bus services for Canberra people.

The improvements would include a wider experiment in the

use of free buses and a promotional programme to attract passengers

to the service. .'

Mr Enderby said the Department of the Capital Territory

planned to buy 99 new buses at a cost of $2.4 million over two

years. Fifteen would replace existing buses but 84 would meet

the demands for more frequent bus services on certain routes and

allow extensions of the public transport system.

The bus subsidy this financial year would rise from

$821,000 last year to $1,385 million. Bus fares would not be in­

creased this financial year.

"These large increases in expenditure on public transport

emphasise the Australian Government's intention to develop urban

public transport and offer Canberra people a reasonable alter­

native. to ;the car," Mr Enderby said. . - ; . .

■ .·'· " "The Department will upgrade the. b; us. service to give a

15-minute minimum frequency on selected routes and :better peak- . .

hour services.

"The increased frequency service will be introduced pro­

gressively beginning with Belcon.nen in May 1974 , north and south

.Canberra in July and Woden and Weston Creek in September 1974."

Mr Enderby said two specific experimental bus trials would

begin in 1974. During May and June the route 16 service, the

express Woden to City run, would become a free trip. In July

and August the route 17 service, Woden-Curtin-Yarralumla-City

run would be free.

"These experiments will be monitored closely and are

expected to cost $32,000," he said.

"A publicity campaign to promote the use of the new

iservices will be conducted in the first six months of 1974 and

improved bus timetables will be produced."

Mr Enderby said the normal'expansion of bus services would

continue. Spence, Chapman and Weston Creek would be given new

services in December this year and Kambah and MacGregor in March 1974

21 August 1973