Wednesday, June 15, 2011
On the buses
I don't catch buses very often, but today I needed to go into the city for a meeting, and The Husband required the car, so a bus it was.
Public transport in Canberra is provided by ACTION - the ACT Internal Omnibus Network. Modern buses, like this one, have easy access - there's just the one step onto the bus for normal use, an extendable ramp, and the whole bus can tilt over slightly towards the door to minimise the step height from ground level. Some buses (like this one) are powered by compressed natural gas. If you're into the mechanics, there's a spec sheet for this bus available on the ACTION website. The bus system is quite good, although it takes quite a lot longer for a journey than it does by car as the buses wind through the suburbs.
The yellow structure on the front is a double bike rack, and someone got on with a bike during the journey, so I was able to get a photo of it in use: