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Ministerial Statement Public Bus Transport System



Ministerial Statement Public Bus Transport System

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Tabled paper 794


Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled By Clare Martin


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The first region to receive attention as part of this review is Palmerston and its connecting trunk services. This will be followed by the Rural Area, then the northern suburbs of Darwin, and finally Darwin CBD and surrounding suburbs. It is understood that some people may be impatient for the review to consider bus runs which affect them directly, bu t it is imperative th a t this review be conducted in a careful, systematic and staged way. Eighteen months is required so tha t a broad range of information and views are included and all the implications of changes are carefully evaluated. While it may seem sometimes that small changes to bus runs or times can be introduced quickly and easily, bus schedules are in fact complex interconnected systems, each element (bus, driver, route and timetable) is linked to all others to enable the whole system to operate efficiently. Changes to any one part can impact on many others. Each change, no m atter how simple it might appear, needs careful consideration and considerable planning. The broad approach to the review will be similar across all the regions. - 11

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