ACT Labor to make it easier for seniors to get around CBR

Older Canberrans will be able to travel free on off peak buses under a trial to be introduced by re-elected ACT Labor Government.

Starting next year, the 12-month trial will let concession card and seniors card holders travel free on buses between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. This scheme will give better access to public transport to the Canberrans who need it most and make it easier for them get around town during the day.

ACT Labor is committed to improving our public transport system so it becomes more convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable – a genuine alternative to driving. That’s why we established Transport Canberra to integrate public transport, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling. And it’s why we’ve introduced new services like this free travel and the free City Loop.

This announcement is part of ACT Labor’s positive plan for our city, which my colleagues and I discussed at today’s party conference.

At the conference, we also committed to:

  • an ACT rehabilitation and return to work program to help injured government employees get back to work
  • reforms to establish clear, fundamental principles to ensure worker safety, fair pay and conditions on public projects
  • two new nurse-led walk-in centres in Gungahlin and Weston Creek
  • a new bulky waste collection service for every Canberra suburb, combined with a partnership with not-for-profit organisation Givit to help give new life to unwanted items