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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3788 ..


Transport Canberra—shuttle services(Question No 501)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) What are the guidelines that determine where and when Transport Canberra will introduce a shuttle service instead of service by a regular size bus.

(2) How many shuttles does Transport Canberra currently own.

(3) How many shuttle routes could be operated by the shuttles that are currently owned.

(4) Has the ACT Government explored increasing the number of shuttles in its fleet; if so, what were the substance and outcome of this exploration.

(5) Has the ACT Government ever considered the use of a shuttle in Lawson until the suburb can be serviced by a regular size bus; if so, what were the substance and outcome of this consideration.

(6) Has the ACT Government ever considered introducing shuttle services in areas where the roads are too small for regular size buses, such as Britten Jones Drive in Holt; if so, what were the substance and outcome of this consideration.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Transport Canberra currently operates a fleet of standard rigid and articulated buses to provide public transport services across Canberra, whilst a fleet of smaller mini buses are in use exclusively for the purposes of Special Needs Transport, Flexible Transport and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs**

(2) Transport Canberra does not own any shuttle buses but it does own and lease mini buses for the operations described in (1). Transport Canberra does have a service agreement with a provider for bus services in Strathnairn where the fleet of two mini buses is owned by the provider and the drivers are Transport Canberra staff.

(3) Transport Canberra owns and operates some mini buses but does not operate shuttle services*. Transport Canberra provides the drivers to enable the two Straithairn shuttle services to operate.

(4) The ACT Government may consider increasing the number of mini buses to meet any operational growth of the on-demand and flexible services.

(5) The ACT Government has not considered the use of a mini bus for Lawson. Furthermore, Lawson is earmarked to be serviced by a redirection of an existing route service in the future.

(6) The ACT Government has not considered the use of a mini bus for roads too small for regular buses.

*shuttle services are defined by Transport Canberra as a service that shuttles back and forth between two points repeatedly, often connecting into an interchange.


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