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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1535 ..

sense, Mr Seselja’s opposition to land rent is probably close to the same sort of opposition that Mr Coe has to the provision of public transport for the people of the ACT, the same ideological or philosophical position about the provision of government services. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Given that Mr Coe does not know the difference between an empty bus and an empty—

Mr Coe: How are the twilight ones, John?

MR HARGREAVES: will the minister now advise the Assembly how the community has responded to the trial?

MR STANHOPE: The community has responded very strongly to the Redex trial and indeed the highest number of passenger boardings—

Mr Coe interjecting—

Mr Hargreaves interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: was achieved on 26 February 2010—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR STANHOPE: when 2,559 boardings were recorded.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, one moment please. Mr Coe, you are warned. The volume of your interventions is just not acceptable.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I was saying, Redex recorded its highest passenger boardings on 26 February, with 2,559 passengers on that day. It is interesting that that is almost double the number of boardings on the first day of operations, which was 1,317. Those are numbers that record a very significant level of community response to Redex; that people are engaging. It is a service that does meet their needs and, as I say, we have seen patronage double in just four to five months now on the service.

Also, we have just begun to do some survey work in relation to our determination to trial this to seek to understand better how it does meet the needs of commuters—what it is that they like or dislike about it, what it is that has attracted them to the service—and through that analysis we have found that, of the over 2,000 now average daily boardings, 28 per cent of passengers travelling by Redex have indicated that they are new passengers; they are not people who previously caught the bus to work from

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