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Article: Bus, ferry and train fares will increase
« on: July 26, 2008, 05:23:39 AM »
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Bus, ferry and train fares will increase
Article from: The Courier-Mail

Brian Williams

July 26, 2008 12:00am

ALL Translink bus, ferry and train fares in southeast Queensland will rise by 3.9 per cent from Monday, August 4. The increases have been criticised.

It will mean an increase of about 20c a journey or $2 a week for the average commuter.

All single trip fares will be rounded up to the nearest 10c.

Fares for schoolchildren and pensioners will remain at half the adult fare but there will be further increases in some zones because of rounding.

It follows an increase in the Gateway Bridge car toll to $2.90 and comments from economists that middle Australia is struggling to keep ahead of rising living costs.

The fare increases were attacked yesterday by a public transport advocate and the Opposition.

Community Action for Sustainable Transport spokesman Tristan Peach said thousands of people had moved to public transport because of high fuel prices, providing a golden opportunity to keep the trend going by holding fares down.

The Government did not factor in the economic, health and community benefits of boosting public transport such as reduced air pollution, less congestion on roads, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and respiratory health problems.

"We have free education which is seen as a public service and, although we'll always have fares, that's the way public transport should be viewed," Mr Peach said.

Opposition transport spokesman Tim Nicholls accused the Government of sleight of hand, saying many fares would rise by more than 3.9 per cent due to rounding up.

If the Government held fares down it would encourage greater use, he said.

"And the more people use it, the more public transport we'll get.

"We'd also like to see the Government offering free travel for those using public transport before 7am as a way of easing overcrowding.

"Labor just doesn't seem to get it."

Transport Minister John Mickel said the increase was across the network and had been held at 3.9 per cent despite significant rises in operating costs.

The fare increase also was in line with Consumer Price Index rises over the past year.

"Increases in fuel costs and wage pressure from a very tight labour market are expected to lead to operating cost increasing by significantly more than general inflation over the next 12 months," Mr Mickel said.

"But we have fought hard to keep the annual price rise in line with CPI because we believe affordable public transport is an essential to beating congestion."

Diesel fuel costs had increased by 22 per cent since June last year but prices had been falling over the past two weeks.

The TransLink network stretches from Noosa/Gympie North to Coolangatta and west to Helidon, covering more than 10,000sq km.
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Re: Article: Bus, ferry and train fares will increase
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2008, 05:43:12 AM »
The fare increases are in line with the CPI.  At a time when costs of living are going through the roof it is to be expected.  What the new TransLink Transit Authority and Minister Mickel need to focus on is further incentive fares.  Off peak fares need to be available on the Go card.  Capping (eg. weekly and monthly fare limits) applied to the Go card. Then we might see some real progress.

By introducing discounts for non-peak travel, and further discounts for early and late peak travel this will help spread the peak congestion load. 

Good to see CAST make another public comment!  Good work Tristan.

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Re: Article: Bus, ferry and train fares will increase
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2008, 08:32:52 AM »
Media Release 26 July 2008

SEQ:  Go with the go card!  Ready ?. Set ?.  Go?

RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport commuters has called for further incentive fares to be added to the Go card as priority.

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

?The new frequent user fare structure for the go card comes into effect on August the 4th (1).  This fare is a significant improvement on the initial fare structure that was rolled out.?

?The effect however of the flawed initial fare structure for the go card was that the public transport commuter community has become very cautious and critical of the go card due to the significant amount of adverse public comment that has been generated.?

?RAIL Back On Track backs the go card and the new fares.  But there is an urgent need for further incentive fare structures to overcome this community concern, and further encourage go card uptake and the efficiency improvements and cost savings that will then occur.?

?The present paper ticketing on the TransLink network has an off peak option.  This encourages travel at less congested times and is helpful to retired pensioners, parents and others who can take trips during the off peak periods.  It encourages citizens to use public transport and reduce environmental impacts.?

?Presently off peak ticketing is available for unlimited travel between 9am and 3.30pm and after 7pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and gazetted public holidays (2).?

?The go card provides a simple means of providing an off peak fare structure. All journeys that commence after 9am  that is, touch on after 9am Monday to Friday,  and touch on before 3.30pm and touch on after 7pm could be given a flat off peak discount of 10%.?

?It would be a simple matter to give all journeys on weekends and gazetted public holidays an off peak discount too.  This is only replicating present ticketing practices.?

?Providing a capping on go card fares such as daily, weekly, and monthly fare limits that are set the same as the present paper seasonal ticket costs would also go a long way in picking up the high use public transport and encourage people to use public transport.?

?Now is the time to go for it! Ready ... Set ... GO!!?

Reference:

1.  http://www.translink.com.au/qt/translin.nsf/index/ti_changes_aug08

2.  http://www.translink.com.au/qt/translin.nsf/index/ti_tickets

Contact:

Robert Dow
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