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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1119

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   What is the current operating loss on the Canberra bus service.

(2)   What action is he taking to make the bus service a viable venture.

(3)   Have any studies been completed by his Department to modernise and improve the bus service for the people of the Australian Capital Territory, if so, will he make the reports public.

(4)   What action is he contemplating to improve the public transport system in Canberra to serve the widest possible needs of the people in this city.

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The 1972-73 operating loss was $869,772.

(2)   , (3) and (4) To meet the needs of the citizens of Canberra it is proposed to:

(i)   Order a total of 99 new buses with improved seating and internal fittings.

(ii)   To progressively introduce new timetables lowering the frequency from a basic 30 minute service to 15 minutes. Peak hour services will run at six minute Intervals.

(iii)   To improve bus shelters and provide new ones.

(iv)   To promote the bus service by a publicity campaign. This will be slanted to 'how to use* information and helping people understand the service.

(v)   To experiment with free travel to measure desired improvements. (Vi) To develop a system of priority bus lanes through congested areas as the need arises. These initiatives are seen as first steps towards better public transport for Canberra.

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