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ACT Shadow Minister for Transport Services Alistair Coe

Labor Hasn’t Released Dead Running Action Data

Victor P Taffa

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has failed to reveal the amount spent on the dead running of ACTION buses, ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe said today.

The Canberra Liberals lodged a question on notice on 23 February 2012 seeking information about the $120 Million bus service. The answer was meant to be returned by 20 March but still has not been received.

In 2010, the Canberra Liberals obtained data showing that ACTION buses travel more than 69,000 km every week, costing $8 Million a year, on ‘out of service’ buses with no passengers.

“If the 2012 data is ever released, I hope it will show considerable improvements in the efficiency of the network.” Mr. Coe said.

“The most recent information we have shows that every four days. ACTION buses are running on empty around the distance of the equator.”

“The fact that the ACT Labor Government has not released the data implies that the news is once again not acceptable.”

“Despite continuous talk about reforming ACTION, successive Labor Ministers, and now Katy Gallagher, have failed to keep a lid on the budget and make reforms.”

“This is yet another example of Katy Gallagher refusing to release information in her new era of supposed ‘open government’ and I call on her to put her spin into practice.” Mr. Coe said.

2010 Figures – Dead running (out of service) ACTION Buses

Week DaySaturday Sunday Weekly Fortnight Yearly
$$294,98$8,130$5,563$43,192$86,384$2,245,991
KM13,6473,4822,38319,51239,0251,014,656
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