Page 886 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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Airport with services running about every half hour or better during peak times on weekdays and every hour on weekends. From the city people will be able to continue on to all other regions of Canberra.

As we know, Canberra Airport plays a major and important role in our city’s economy, and this service is being implemented following talks with the Canberra Airport and feedback from the community. Last year the government released the rapid network 2017-20, which shows the roll out of future rapid bus service right across Canberra, including a rapid bus service to the airport in 2020. It is fantastic that we have been able to introduce a public transport link to the airport early, and this service will operate until such time as the rapid bus to Canberra Airport is introduced.

I was there on Monday morning, Madam Speaker, and there was great interest from passengers at the airport. I am very pleased to let the Assembly know that over 200 people have used the airport service in its first two days. Passengers can simply use their MyWay card or pay a cash fare to the driver as usual when boarding. A single adult trip when paying cash costs $4.80. Of course, there are cheaper fares for students and children, and significant savings can be made when you use your MyWay card. This is just another example of the ACT government’s commitment to providing accessible and attractive public transport for Canberra.

MS CODY: Minister, what other plans does the government have to further improve public transport in Canberra?

MS FITZHARRIS: Our long-term plan for public transport will mean that Canberra does not end up gridlocked, like big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. We are delivering stage 1 of an integrated light rail network and we have begun work on detailed planning for stage 2 to Woden. We will continue to improve public transport in Canberra and deliver more buses and more services more often. Labor introduced the rapid bus network, and we will grow this network from two services to nine over the next four years, in addition to stage 1 of the city-wide light rail network.

The trend in public transport ticketing is away from stored value cards like MyWay here in the ACT, Opal in New South Wales and myki in Melbourne, and towards new forms of payment, including contactless and mobile phone payments. This year we will make significant progress on a new integrated bus and light rail ticketing system. We will future-proof our ticketing system and ensure that a single, integrated public transport fare system is ready for the start of light rail services in 2018.

An industry request for information will follow a market sounding exercise for future multimodal account-based ticketing, including supporting “bring your own device” and credit or debit card options. This will include mobile phone ticketing applications to support mobility as a service. Based on the approval of the business case and results of this industry request for information, the government plans to go to market for a future ticketing solution in mid-2017.

ACT Health—data integrity

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 8 September last year the Director-General of the Health Directorate wrote to the Auditor-General

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