Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 November 2022) . . Page.. 3609 ..
MR PARTON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Transport, regarding the bus ticketing system that this government has been talking about delivering since the days of Meegan Fitzharris, but still has not delivered. Why is the upgrade to the bus ticketing system so overdue, without an end date, or even a plan in sight? When will the upgraded bus ticketing system actually come into effect?
MR STEEL: As Mr Parton is aware, we are in the very final stage of procurement. Obviously, procurement is at arms-length from ministers, and we are looking forward to that being finalised so that we can get on with the implementation, which we still expect to happen next year.
MR PARTON: Why is the long-overdue upgrade to the system listed under “complex projects” in the budget? How long will this final stage of negotiations go for?
MR STEEL: I cannot speak to either matter. In relation to the budget, obviously ICT projects are often complex projects. We have seen other jurisdictions where they have been implemented poorly in relation to transport ticketing, but we are very confident that we will get an outcome. Obviously, that procurement process is being done on an arms-length basis by a Transport and Canberra City Services delegate. I am not directly involved in that.
I am really looking forward, again, to making an announcement about the implementation of this project, and also about what needs to happen in terms of the transition away from the current MyWay system, which obviously has been used now for over a decade. It is something that we want to replace with a new, modern, flexible ticketing system. We are committed to that. We are in the process of finalising that approach, and I look forward to updating the Assembly.
MR CAIN: Why can New South Wales and many other cities in Australia, and indeed the world, can have a next-generation ticketing system, yet Canberra cannot, and is so far behind?
MR STEEL: We can, and we will.
MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you please provide an update on the active travel feasibility study for the Gungahlin town centre and what it has found?
MR STEEL: I thank the Member for his question and his interest in active travel.
In Gungahlin, as Mr Braddock is aware, we have been consulting the community on a draft active travel plan for the ACT, which also identifies a new cycling network plan and a walking map for the ACT where we have identified priority routes in the Gungahlin region. We have also been undertaking a feasibility study to inform future priority improvements. We are looking at how we can use that study to make sure we meet the needs of the Gungahlin community as it grows and ensure we promote