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(1) What progress has been made in guaranteeing a bus frequency every 30 minutes.

(2) When will this commitment be fully implemented.

(3) Does this commitment apply to all services at all times of day.

(4) What is the total cost of this policy initiative.

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

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

(1) A trial of a rapid transit service, REDEX, will run from 16 November 2009 to 30 June 2010. Services will run every 15 minutes between 7am to 7pm.

(2) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services is currently engaging with the community regarding the Government’s proposed Strategic Transport Action Plan for implementation during the period 2010 to 2016. Initiatives on service frequency will be part of the final Plan.

(3) No. The REDEX service has been designed to be consistent with the longer term draft strategic public transport network plan (released for public comment in July 2009). The draft plan proposes a “frequent network” of rapid and frequent buses operating at 15 minutes or better frequency, 7 days a week. The plan is based on a speed standard on the trunk routes rather than a frequency standard across the whole network. It will have a focus on increasing patronage, which makes a public transport system more cost effective and more sustainable.

(4) The Government has allocated $1.0 million to undertake the REDEX trial. Costs of further increased services will be reflected in future ACT Government Budgets.

(5) The Government is committed to improved service frequency in the current and future network, which includes 30 minute frequency or better. REDEX is an example of this commitment.

Roads—cycling infrastructure
(Question No 342)

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

(1) How much will be spent on cycling infrastructure in 2009-10 and subsequent years.

(2) What will this money be used for and when will the works be completed.

(3) What is the extent of the maintenance backlog for cycling infrastructure.

(4) What is the Government doing to address this backlog and when will it be cleared up.

(5) What work is the Government doing on improving signage on the cycling network.

(6) Are the Government’s commitments firm or aspirational.

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