It’s been a busy few weeks in the transport part of my Ministerial portfolios and we’ve made some major changes to the way Canberrans get around our city.

The new Transport Canberra agency is now up and running to make moving around Canberra easier and more convenient, integrating buses, light rail, walking and cycling infrastructure. This is all part of the plan to keep Canberra moving.

To coincide with the launch, a new free City Loop bus service was launched to make getting around the city centre easier. It’s been very successful so far and I expect it will continue to be a hit over the coming months. I’m having school holiday lunch with my kids tomorrow and we’ll be using it to get to Braddon - we’re all looking forward to it!

Transport Canberra will also work on a new ticketing system that will mean you can use one ticket or device across all transport modes and probably for other transactions as well. New systems around the world now use credit cards and mobile devices – we’ll be looking at these sorts of options.

In the meantime, you can pick up a new Transport Canberra-branded MyWay card from your local agent.

Meegan with a new MyWay card.

In Yerrabi, we had a particularly momentous day when I joined the Chief Minister to turn the sod on the construction of the light rail depot in Mitchell.

Light rail will transform our city and the sod turning marks the start of a whole new transport journey for Canberra. As congestion on our roads increases, we need to start changing how we move around our city and give people a real alternative to using their car.

Meegan Fitzharris at the Canberra light rail depot sod turn.

If you have any thoughts on how we can keep Canberra moving, I’ll be holding mobile offices at the following locations this week and I’d love to hear from you.

• Thursday 14 July – Palmerston Shops (5.30pm-7pm)
• Friday 15 July – Gungahlin Village (9am-11.30am)
• Saturday 16 July – Gungahlin Village (9am-11.30am)