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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 5026..

(5) The ACT government is firmly committed to improving organic waste management in the ACT.

ACTION bus service-demand responsive transport trial

(Question No 340)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 14 October 2009:

(1) What progress is being made in developing the demand responsive transport trial.

(2) What will be the scope and duration of this trial.

(3) What is the total cost of this polity initiative.

(4) Is this a firm commitment or an aspirational commitment.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Under the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 2002 and the associated regulations, provision has already been made for the accreditation and operation of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services. In the past ACTION trialled a form of demand responsive transport called flexi bus. However, this was discontinued due to customer feedback indicating a preference for a fixed route service rather than having to book a bus. Given this response to flexibus, and the fact that there has been no commercial interest in the provision of demand responsive services, the focus of improvements to public transport services is being directed at better fixed route services.

A draft strategic public transport network plan has been developed which is intended to deliver significant improvements in levels of public transport services, both in terms of frequency and speed of services. Following public consultation on this draft strategic plan a Public Transport Strategy for the ACT is being developed as part of the Sustainable Transport Action Plan 2010-16. In the context of this Plan, consideration will be given to the potential for demand responsive transport services to contribute to public transport in the ACT and how a trial of DRT could assist in assessing the most effective use of DRT in the ACT.

(2) The scope of a DRT trial will be considered in the development of the Public Transport Strategy.

(3) A budget will be developed at the appropriate time.

(4) The Government is committed to improved public transport services and ensuring that the most effective service models are used to deliver improved services.

ACTION bus service-timetable

(Question No 341)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 14 October 2009 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

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