PARSA, ANUSA and the DSA have been working hard on the issue of the number 3 bus and campus accessibility. Recently we met with members of the ANU executive and they have informed us of their plans to ensure campus accessibility for students and staff. They’ve informed us that they will be providing a campus shuttle bus that will be launched in Semester 1, 2020.
This bus will be accessible for bikes, children and wheelchairs, and will travel counter-clockwise around the university (route TBC). It will come every 15-20 minutes, and will be a much-needed method of transport around the sprawling campus.
The ANU has been put in a difficult situation of being required to implement infrastructure in a short time period, with little to no support from the ACT Government. Despite the popularity of our petition and the necessity for adequate infrastructure for the thousands of students and staff who travel to, from and around campus every day, Transport Canberra has refused a subsequent meeting with us and has informed us that this is in the hands of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport City Services.
While this internal shuttle bus will solve almost all of the issues created by the removal of the number 3 bus, and is one of our petition asks, we are very concerned that there will be nothing substantial to cover the gap between this Monday coming when the number 3 bus will be removed, and the launch of the new shuttle bus in early 2020. To this end, we will all continue to lobby and work with the ACT Government and the ANU to find solutions.
In the meantime, please ensure that you use the ANUOK app while on campus to access the ANU Security bus and stay safe, and if you are unable to use this bus for mobility reasons, please:
1. Get in touch with the DSA on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Share your story with email@example.com, as we will be using these stories to put further pressure on the university.
If you are experiencing any extraneous hardship because of these changes, please contact your PARSA or ANUSA Student Assistance Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In the coming days, the DSA will be producing some resources to explain the way that the interim services work, and working with the university to ensure they are fit for purpose. Please watch this space for those resources.