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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Buses

The Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network (ACTION) is the main provider of passenger transport in the ACT and has been in operation since 1977. ACTION became a statutory authority on 1 January 2002 and provides:

  • passenger bus network and school services, with a range of express and route services to and from all suburbs
  • a special needs transport service - a door-to-door service for disadvantaged people in the community
  • charter bus services.

For the 2005-06 financial year, ACTION employed 712 full-time equivalent staff, operating:
  • a bus fleet of 387 buses (369 passenger buses and 18 special needs buses), including 85 disability accessible buses
  • depots and workshops (located in Tuggeranong and Belconnen)
  • four bus interchanges (located at Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Civic and Woden)
  • ACTION Authority's head office at Tuggeranong.

Total Passenger boardings for ACTION buses increased by approximately 688,000 between 2004-05 and 2005-06. Bus kilometres travelled increased by 0.5% in 2005-06 to approximately 23.5 million km, up from 23.3 million km in 2004-05.

14.6 ACTION bus service, Selected statistics - ACT

Operating statistics
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
Change 2004-05 to 2005-06

Passenger boardings '000
16 305
16 240
16 928
688
Bus kilometres '000
22 988
23 339
23 450
111
Buses in fleet no.
388
391
387
-4
Employees (full-time equivalent) no.
677
700
712
12

ACTION Authority Annual Report, 2004-05 and 2005-06.



Taxis

Taxi dispatch services in the ACT are provided by Canberra Cabs (with a fleet of 134 taxis), Elite Taxis (Canberra) (with a fleet of 82 taxis), and Cabxpress (with a fleet of 21 taxis). Almost all of these taxis are independently owned and operated, and compete for hirings throughout the ACT. Additionally, Canberra Cabs operates 4 wheelchair accessible taxis, while Cabxpress operates 14 wheelchair accessible taxis.


A cross-border arrangement for the provision of taxi services exists between the ACT and NSW Governments. This arrangement enables Canberra and Queanbeyan taxis to operate freely within the region. Queanbeyan has a fleet of 16 taxis.



Coach and rail services

The numbers of rail and coach passengers into and out of Canberra decreased between 2005 and 2006, following increases between 2004 and 2005.


In 2006, 44,942 passengers boarded trains leaving Canberra, a decrease of 11% from 2005 (50,331 passengers). There were also 47,506 passengers arriving by rail into Canberra during 2006, a 9% decrease on 2005 (52,438 passengers).


For coach passengers in 2006, 19,027 passengers arrived in Canberra and 18,934 passengers departed. These numbers represent decreases of 12% and 13% respectively when compared with the coach arrivals and departures for 2005.

14.7 Coach and rail passengers, Origin or destination Canberra

2004
2005
2006
Change 2005-06
no.
no.
no.
% change

Origin Canberra
Rail passengers
47 642
50 331
44 942
-10.7
Coach passengers
20 699
21 723
18 934
-12.8
Destination Canberra
Rail passengers
49 679
52 438
47 506
-9.4
Coach passengers
20 401
21 718
19 027
-12.4

CountryLink, State Rail NSW, Data available on request.



Domestic and regional aircraft travel

Airline services into and out of the ACT are classified as either 'domestic' or 'regional' services. The domestic airlines are those performing Regular Public Transport (RPT) services primarily between capital cities and major tourist centres within Australia. The regional airlines are those performing RPT services primarily to regional centres within Australia.


The number of fare-paying (revenue) passengers for both domestic and regional travel (i.e. total traffic) through Canberra International Airport increased by 3% from 2004-05 to 2005-06. The number of domestic revenue passengers increased by 3% (an increase of 57,144 passengers), as did the number of regional revenue passengers (an increase of 16,276 passengers).

14.8 Regular passenger transport services, Revenue passengers - ACT

Domestic
Regional
Total traffic
In
Out
Total
In
Out
Total
In
Out
Total
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

2000-01
640 915
648 030
1 288 945
410 396
407 878
818 274
1 051 311
1 055 908
2 107 219
2001-02
478 545
483 775
962 320
441 134
437 848
878 982
919 679
921 623
1 841 302
2002-03
659 527
653 615
1 313 142
301 034
302 175
603 209
960 561
955 790
1 916 351
2003-04
900 367
892 305
1 792 672
251 648
259 102
510 750
1 152 015
1 151 407
2 303 422
2004-05
981 742
972 766
1 954 508
255 671
266 530
522 201
1 237 413
1 239 296
2 476 709
2005-06
1 008 934
1 002 718
2 011 652
265 580
272 897
538 477
1 274 514
1 275 615
2 550 129

Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, Aviation Statistics, Airport Traffic Data, 1995-96 to 2005-06.


Total passenger aircraft movements into and out of Canberra International Airport decreased slightly - by less than 1% - between 2004-05 and 2005-06. Decreases of less than 1% were recorded in both regional aircraft movements and domestic aircraft movements between 2004-05 and 2005-06.

14.9 Regular passenger transport services, Aircraft movements - ACT

Domestic
Regional
Total traffic
In
Out
Total
In
Out
Total
In
Out
Total
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

2000-01
8 378
8 376
16 754
17 484
17 629
35 113
25 862
26 005
51 867
2001-02
5 455
5 446
10 901
14 403
14 412
28 815
19 858
19 858
39 716
2002-03
7 668
7 665
15 333
10 344
10 309
20 653
18 012
17 974
35 986
2003-04
9 522
9 516
19 038
9 676
9 651
19 327
19 198
19 167
38 365
2004-05
9 491
9 477
18 968
8 940
8 938
17 878
18 431
18 415
36 846
2005-06
9 461
9 438
18 899
8 934
8 930
17 864
18 395
18 368
36 763

Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, Aviation Statistics, Airport Traffic Data, 1995-96 to 2005-06.


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