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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Answers to questions

ACTION bus service—WiFi trial (Question No 771)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 9 June 2016:

(1) What is the current status of the trial of WiFi on ACTION buses.

(2) Can you provide a preliminary report on the progress of the trial given that the trial has been in operation for over six months.

(3) When will the outcome of the trial be evaluated.

(4) What areas of Canberra have been serviced by the five ACTION buses which have been equipped with WiFi for the purposes of the trial.

(5) Does the Government propose to roll out WiFi to more buses on the ACTION network; if so, how many additional buses will be equipped with WiFi.

(6) Will buses servicing the City Loop service be equipped with WiFi.

(7) What funds have been allocated in the 2016-17 Budget for WiFi on ACTION buses.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The CBRfree ACTION bus trial started in late December 2015 and will run for 12 months.

(2) The preliminary finding is that CBRfree is accessed by around 5.7 per cent of ACTION passengers and this usage rate is not significantly impacted by geographic location or time of day. The usage rate is similar to that found in other jurisdictions that offer free public WiFi. Technically the service is working well with few reported difficulties.

(3) The outcomes of the trial will be evaluated at the end of the trial and will be presented to Government in early 2017.

(4) As part of the ACTION operational fleet the five buses taking part in the WiFi trial perform different routes day to day that cover all areas of Canberra.

(5) The possibility of installing CBRfree on additional buses is being evaluated.

(6) No, the City Loop buses will not have WiFi on board.

(7) No funds have been budgeted for the further installation of WiFi on ACTION buses in 2016-17.


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