New Late Night Rapids + Uber to get you to and from home this festive season

Released 07/12/2017

A new Late Night Rapid bus service in partnership with Uber will commence on Friday 8 December and finish up on New Year’s Day to help people get to and from home safely this festive season.

The service will run each Friday and Saturday night until New Year’s Day and offer an inexpensive and convenient public transport option to help Canberrans get to and from the city’s nightlife hotspots.

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe festive season so Transport Canberra has partnered with Uber to offer an easy, affordable and safe way to get around the city on Friday and Saturday nights in December,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris.

The Late Night Rapid service is a modified version the Red and Blue Rapids and includes:

  • A modified Late Night Red Rapid service, between Gungahlin and Kingston, return.
  • A modified Late Night Blue Rapid service, between Belconnen and Tuggeranong, return via Civic and Woden.
  • Buses departing the City every 20 minutes, travelling to major town centres or bus stations along the route, and more frequent services during New Year’s Eve.

“By using the Uber app, customers can arrange pick up from their home to their nearest bus interchange (except Civic) and return home from that bus interchange at the end of the night. Passengers simply have to use the Uber app and they will automatically get $10 off their trip.

“Uber will be providing these automatic discounted trips to Canberra bus interchanges from 2.00pm to 11.00pm and rides home from the Late Night Rapids from 9.00pm to 3.00am every weekend through to New Year’s Day.

“So avoid the hassle of picking your car up the next day and plan ahead with the Late Night Rapid bus and Uber service this festive season. It’s an easy and affordable way to enjoy a night out,” said Minister Fitzharris.

“Uber is proud to be partnering with Transport Canberra to give residents an affordable and safe way to enjoy the festive season.  For December weekends, people will get $10 off all Uber rides to and from late night rapid bus terminals, a smart and convenient alternative to drinking and driving. Instead of grabbing their car keys, we hope residents will push a button and get a ride to enjoy night out in Canberra,” said Henry Greenacre, Uber Head of Cities for ANZ.

For more information, the schedule is as follows:

200 series (Gungahlin – Civic – Kingston)
Friday nights - every 20 mins – last bus from Civic departs 2.29am
Saturday nights - every 20 mins – last bus from Civic departs 2.09am
New Year’s Eve - every 10 mins – last bus from Civic departs 1.41am

300 series (Belconnen – Civic – Woden – Tuggeranong)
Friday nights - every 20 mins – last bus from City departs 2.19am
Saturday nights - every 20 mins – last bus from City departs 2.19am
New Year’s Eve - every 10 mins – last bus from City departs 1.46am

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