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(8) Not applicable.

(9) No.

Transport—demand responsive initiatives
(Question No 2254)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 May 2012 (redirected to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) What Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) initiatives are currently being operated by the ACT Government, or with ACT Government assistance.

(2) How does each of these DRT initiatives work, and which areas do they serve.

(3) What is the cost of each of these DRT initiatives.

(4) What is the patronage of each of these DRT services.

(5) Has the Government identified any new areas of the ACT, geographic or demographic, as being appropriate for a DRT initiative.

(6) Which DRT services formally operated in the ACT but have now ceased to operate and what was the rationale for ceasing these services.

(7) What work has the Government done to assess how a DRT service to new Molonglo suburbs would operate.

(8) What is the approximate cost of operating a DRT service to new Molonglo suburbs.

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

(1) The ACT Government funds the operation of two Demand Responsive Transport initiatives:

the six community buses, operated by the Regional Community Services with ACT Government funding; and

the Christmas season Nightrider service

(2) Community buses operate in each of the six ACT districts - Gungahlin, Belconnen, North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden and Tuggeranong. Services are targeted at ACT Seniors, people with a disability, new migrants, people with mental illness, those living in nursing homes/residential care and people isolated through a lack of transport options and/or social networks. The service can also be used by people eligible for Home and Community Care transport services who cannot access them.

The Nightrider routes picked up passengers in Civic. Services then carried passengers to serviced suburbs in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Inner-North, Inner-South, Woden and Tuggeranong, dropping passengers at the bus stop nearest to their home.

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