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CDC Canberra

CDC Canberra
FormerlyQcity Transit
Deane's Buslines
ParentComfortDelGro Australia
FoundedJuly 1990
HeadquartersQueanbeyan
Service areaQueanbeyan
Canberra
Bungendore
Yass
Depots3
Fleet157 (December 2023)
Websitecdccanberra.com.au

CDC Canberra, formerly Qcity Transit, is an Australian bus operator based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. It operates services from Queanbeyan to Canberra, Bungendore and Yass. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Australia.

History

Former Qcity Transit logo

In October 1977, Doug Lever purchased Quodling Brothers's Queanbeyan to Canberra service that it had operated since 1935.[1] In July 1990 Lever Coachlines route bus operations were sold to Dennis Deane trading as Queanbeyan - Canberra Bus Service.[2][3][4] Deane was already established in Canberra having purchased the Canberra and Snowy Mountains business of Pioneer Trailways in April 1989 with 17 coaches.[5]

In March 1992, the Sydney to Snowy Mountains service was sold to Australian Coachlines and the Cooma based school runs to Snowliner Coaches with Queanbeyan - Canberra Bus Service rebranded as Deane's Buslines.[6] Deane was the son of Ron Deane who operated Clipper Tours, Deanes Coaches and South Trans in Sydney. Over the next few years, Deane would purchase most of the school bus operations in the surrounding area including those of Lever Coachlines in 1994, Federal Highway Bus Co in July 1995 and Murrays in November 1997.[5][7][8]

In December 2001, Edwards Bus Service, Eden and Merimbula was purchased and became Deane's Buslines South Coast. This business was sold in 2005 to Deane's daughter and son-in-law Jamie and Anton Klemm, but continued to operate under the Deane's Buslines name until February 2013.[9]

In July 2008, Transborder Express, which operated Yass to Canberra services as well as charter and school services, was purchased from Max Williams,[5][10] to form Deane's Transit Group. The Transborder business was gradually combined with Deane's Buslines including the closure of Transborder's depot in Mitchell, ACT with all vehicles transferred to Deane's depot in Queanbeyan.

In September 2012, Deane's Transit Group was sold to ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.[5][11] In July 2013, the Queanbeyan services of Deane's Buslines were rebranded as Qcity Transit with the Transborder Express name reinstated for the Yass to Canberra services.[12] On 23 January 2023, both Qcity Transit and Transborder Express were rebranded CDC Canberra.[13][14]

Fleet

As at December 2023, the fleet consists of 157 vehicles.[15]

Smart Card

This section needs to be updated. The reason given is: no longer in use due to CDC Canberra rebranding. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (June 2023)

Qcity Transit issues a smart card for use on its buses and Transborder Express buses.[16]

References

  1. ^ Queanbeyan buses soldTruck & Bus Transportation December 1977 page 120
  2. ^ Doug Lever sells Canberra services Truck & Bus Transportation July 1990 page 204
  3. ^ Pioneer Tours Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/3 October 1990 page 42
  4. ^ Pioneer Tours Fleetline issue 219 October 1993 page 17
  5. ^ a b c d Deane's Transit Group Queanbeyan-Canberra Australian Bus issue 56 March 2013 page 10
  6. ^ Private operators Fleetline issue 210 January 1993 page 17
  7. ^ Deane's expand operations to regional route network Truck & Bus Transportation June 1995 page 167
  8. ^ Murray's Cease School Bus Runs Fleetline issue 255 July 1998 page 125
  9. ^ Sapphire Coast Buslines Archived 23 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine Australian Bus Fleetlists
  10. ^ Transborder bus takeover boosts Deane's fleet to 120 Canberra Times 19 August 2008
  11. ^ Knaus, Christopher (3 August 2012). "Foreign firm to pay $53m for Qbn buses". Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  12. ^ Canberra ComfortDelGro
  13. ^ "History". CDC Canberra. Archived from the original on 3 January 2023. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  14. ^ CDC Australia launches rebranded bus services in Southern NSW and ACT Australasian Bus & Coach 27 January 2023
  15. ^ CDC Group Qcity Transit & Transborder Express, Queanbeyan Archived 2 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  16. ^ "Smart Card - Qcity Transit". qcitytransit.com.au. Archived from the original on 31 July 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2021.

Media related to Qcity Transit at Wikimedia Commons

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