Page 269 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 December 2016

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MR RAMSAY: Thank you for the supplementary. The ACT government is certainly determined to make sure that as we move forward and look at the electoral reforms and funding under that matter. We will be continuing to consult and to work with the relevant committees. As part of that, we will be developing that definition of what it is that falls within property development.

MR COE: Attorney, under existing policies, rules, regulations or legislation, does the ACT government have a definition of what is a property developer.

MR RAMSAY: Thank you for the question. I will take that on notice and come back to you with that.

Transport—ticketing system

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can the minister update the Assembly on progress being made to improve public transport ticketing and new fare structures designed to increase patronage?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Steel for his question. As many members of the Assembly know, in the last ACT budget $3 million was provided to Transport Canberra to progress an integrated bus and light rail ticketing system. Work to consider future ticketing arrangements is underway, including developing options to implement a single ticketing system across multiple modes of public transport. This work will also consider new forms of payment, including contactless and mobile phone payments. Options for the future ticketing system will be provided to me early in 2017. This new system will be implemented in time for the commencement of light rail stage 1 in late 2018.

While we plan for the future, we are taking steps now to offer new fare structures and incentives for greater public transport use. The government has committed to introducing free bus travel for the first two months of new rapid bus services. The first two new rapids, the green and black rapids, will commence next year.

The government will continue to explore innovative ways to increase public transport patronage. On this I would like to single out in particular the new partnership between Transport Canberra and Uber. Transport Canberra, in partnership with Uber, is trialling a new transport model during this month over eight nights, including on New Year’s Eve. This new partnership facilitates the suburban link for passengers between the bus stations where the rapid services start and finish, and to their homes.

This new Nightrider-Uber late-night transport model commenced on Friday, 2 December. The new service will see the extension of the red and blue rapid services running between the city and major bus stations, with the last service terminating at 2 am. Over the past two weekends around 1,500 passengers used the Nightrider service, a significant increase on last year.

While I am on the topic of new bus services, I would like to note that it appears that the free city bus loop service has attracted the attention of former Indonesian foreign

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