Time for Santa to deliver fare reform?
Media release 22nd November 2015 rereleased 6th December 2015SEQ: Fare unaffordability crisis continues - Time for fare action
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has said the October 2015 Public transport performance data again has ' affordability ' as the standout failure of the KPIs.
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"The unaffordability of fares is again the key standout failure of the latest TransLink Key Performance Indicators - October 2015 (1, 3, 4). There is no doubt that the previous State Governments and TransLink have failed to deliver a fare system that is equitable, drives patronage and assists in mobilising our community. The failure to properly sort the SEQ fare structure is a very sad indictment on previous Governments."
"To the credit of the present State Government, a fare review is underway, but it is in slow motion unfortunately - as with most things in Queensland."
"Cubic has just announced overseas that the go card contract has been extended to 2019 (2). So we will be using the go card for a number of years yet. It is therefore important that the failed fare structure in SEQ be fixed, and fixed promptly. Waiting for the next election is not acceptable."
"It is also disappointing that such important news concerning the go card is found out from overseas websites. It is though the public transport community in Queensland does not really matter."
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
3. KPI Summary October 2015
4. Affordability KPI October 2015