27 September 2023

Canberrans called to rethink their routines

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Canberrans are being encouraged to change their commute to save money and the environment as construction ramps up on major infrastructure projects across the city.

Leading the call, Transport Canberra said that using public transport, walking, riding or scooting was a great way to build better habits.

“You can save on parking while reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions,” Transport Canberra said.

“Learn how you can leave your car at home more often and take public transport, or consider walking and cycling.”

The Directorate said that its regionalised public transport, cycling and walking guides broke travelling information down into handy regional pages with tips, maps and ways to save money when travelling.

Backing the call, the Minister for Transport, Chris Steel encouraged Canberrans to connect with a Rapid bus or the light rail at one of the city’s free Park and Rides.

“The construction of light rail stage two, together with other major public and private infrastructure projects, will cause traffic impacts across our network,” Mr Steel said.

He said this would result in some unavoidable changes in bus service frequency, with some local services having to be reduced to an hourly off-peak frequency.

Mr Steel said however a high-quality bus service would still be provided with Rapid routes running at least every 15min between 7am to 7pm – with the exception of rapid 10, and the last services commencing between 10:30pm-11:00pm.

He said more than 70 per cent of local services would run at least every 30min from 7am to 7pm, with the last services commencing between 10 and 11pm.

“As we build the transport infrastructure today that is important for Canberra’s future there will be temporary disruption to the traffic network from the construction, whether you are commuting by car or by bus,” the Minister said.

“We have prioritised maintaining service frequency during peak periods when most of our customers travel, which will mean Rapids continue to run at least every 15 minutes.”

Transport Canberra’s regional public transport guides can be accessed at this PS News link.

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