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The 2012 Queensland State Budget has highlighted how urgently a review of TransLink's SEQ public transport fare system is needed.
Stalled patronage levels is costly in terms of congestion costs, road trauma costs and environmental impacts.
The present fares for the go card has an excessive base fare cost with considerable fare box leakage due to easily manipulated fares.
Let us examine how fare box leakage occurs with the present fare system.
A person who commutes between Varsity Lakes (zone 16) and Central station daily for work.
Adult peak go card fare is $12.84. The cost for the normal 5 day week is therefore $12.84 x 9 = $115.56, with the 9 journey cap their journey home on Friday is free.
If the person does a lunch time one zone journey on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (off peak $2.44 one zone fare) they have then completed 9 paid journeys when they return to Varsity Lakes on Wednesday.
Their cost of travel for the week is ($12.84 x 6) + ($2.44 x 3) = $84.36 (compared to $115.56 without 'optimisation').
The person can then travel free for Thursday, Friday and the weekend, unlimited.
Over a 48 week working year the savings equate to $1497.60, this is fare box leakage.
As users become more adept at 'optimising' this fare system the leakage will be massive. It in turn forces up the base fares making public transport very inaccessible for many who are not able to 'optimise', that is don't achieve 9 paid journeys.
Is this a fair fare system? No, it is not. The present fare system needs review.
A fare system that is equitable and balanced will drive patronage increases around the clock, and will increase the fare box and reduce the public subsidy. Something that has not occurred with the present failing fare system.
Queensland is the only state that does not extend concession fares to all health care card holders. Queensland does not have family/group tickets as in many other states.
Seniors in states and territories other than Queensland have simple public transport entitlements. See
TransLink fares have increased 65 per cent over the past 4 years. Further fare increases of 7.5% for 2013 and 2014 will just exacerbate the unaffordability for many.
The Queensland Government claims to be passenger focussed. Let's see some real action rather than rhetoric.
An urgent review of the fare system is needed.
PMPML is the sole provider of public transport in the Pune Metropolitan Area and caters to over 1 million trips daily. It is the lifeline for lakhs of students, workers and senior citizens from all income groups, but especially the poor.
Transport systems in Indian cities are collapsing under the strain of growing cars and two-wheelers, also leading to congestion, pollution and rising accidents. Good, affordable and reliable public transport is the only answer. Yet, instead of focusing on improving the quality of public transport, the city of Pune has consistently ignored it and refuses to give it the financial support it needs to improve. Meanwhile crores upon crores are spent on flyovers.
PMPML is already one of the most costly city bus services compared to Chennai, Mumbai etc
Every time the price of diesel goes up, fares are hiked.
This is totally unwarranted for these reasons:-
1. It is possible to make up for the fuel cost increase by other means - reducing non-ticketing, ensuring more buses on the road, route rationalization, more income from advertisements and reducing waste and corruption.
2. Simple measures like waiving VAT and Octroi on fuel and parts for PMPML can make up the losses.
3. Increasing fares also decreases ridership - so total increment to PMPML is not as expected.
4. The city must not look at public transport as a self-supporting service - it must be subsidized (reasonably).
5. The Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations control the PMPML Board and hence are themselves responsible for any inefficiencies and must act to correct them.
6. The poor suffer when fares are hiked.
7. Higher income people find PMPML less attractive and eventually shift to their own private vehicles adding to the already unbearable traffic in the city.
Hiking fares is the most short-sighted step that can be taken by the authorities and not in the best interest of the city at all!
Parking at Curtin Uni (Bentley campus) has been an issue for some time. We propose that no student living within 5km of campus should be allowed to obtain parking (unless disability, medical, or other proven exemption reasons exist.)
There is ample public transport available in this 5km zone. There are many end-of-trip facilities available on campus (and these are proposed to be upgraded).
There is a free Curtin bus in surrounding suburbs (with proposed upgrades to routes.)
Restricting parking to only those students living further than 5km from campus will free up valuable parking spaces, and increase health of students by increasing physical activity.
Regardless of whether or not pay-as-you-go parking is implemented or permit parking remains, this restriction will be easy to implement as both systems require address registration before parking is granted.
Last year, a new bus interchange was established in Geelong, known as the Moorabool Street bus interchange.
The concept of this interchange is that all busses will arrive and depart from one location. A good concept, yes?
There are numerous problems with this interchange.
1. There are no audio announcements making it impossible for people who are blind or vision impaired, or people who are unable to read bus numbers and destinations to know which bus is arriving.
2. The solution to point 1, that all bus drivers pull up in the front bus bay before leaving the interchange is ignored by some drivers meaning that many people miss busses because they are unable to move to busses at the back of the interchange.
3. This interchange was implemented with full knowledge that there were, and still are, grave accessibility issues. How is an elderly person, a person in a wheelchair, a person using a white cane or guide dog, or a person with a pram (to name a few) supposed to board their bus?
The current standard of public transport to La Trobe is a joke. The LTSU believes in fair and equal access to education for all.
The lack of adequate public transport services to this campus severely impacts on students’ needs.
The current state of the NSW train system is less than satisfactory.
* People living in Altona North have no access to train lines;
* The nearest train stations to Altona North are 40 minutes walk away;
* Population in Altona North is large and growing rapidly. At the 2006 Census, approximately 12,500 people were living in the Altona North & Brooklyn area. Population forecasts predict that the area is expected to have just under 16,000 residents by 2020, a growth of almost three times the rate for Hobsons Bay.
* Population is growing the fastest in the age groups: Over 70 and Under 35 - groups that reply on public transport options;
* Paisley Station was operational from 1929 - 1985, and remains on the Werribee line though is overgrown;
* Paisley Station is adjacent to a large recreation precinct that is undergoing an extensive upgrade - the facility would be much more accessible if the train station was re-opened.
More about Altona North: http://www.hobsons.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=3170&h=-1
More about Paisley Station: http://www.railgeelong.com/location/paisley
Satellite map of Paisley Station and surrounds: http://www.railgeelong.com/aerial.php?view=satellite&id=307
Councillor Tony Briffa who is campaigning on this issue: http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=3711&h=0
Improvement of Murray Bridge Public Transport
Murray Bridge is a growing city with a current population of approximately 18-20,000 (2010). Around 2005 the town’s regular bus service was decommissioned and replaced with a ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, which sparked controversy right across the city.
The old regular service used to run three times a day and had four different loops. Which connected the northern, western and southern suburbs to the city centre. The current ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, leaves the main shopping centre every hour, and can take passengers right to their doorstep. The service takes an hour’s break for lunch. Both services only operate on weekdays from 8am until 4pm, and charge non-metropolitan fares.
2010 has seen some significant changes to Murray Bridge: the commencement for construction of a new large shopping mall (which will be completed towards then end of 2011), the agreement to expand the current shopping mall, rapid expansion of both inner and outer suburbs, and the commencement for construction of a new suburb development with a new multi-million dollar equine and racing facility to be included.
This has excited citizens, new opportunities, education, entertainment, and maybe a new face to Murray Bridge. But one thing is still missing, the development of a better public transport service.
Murray Bridge’s Inter-city and Regional Public Transport service isn’t any better. Murray Bridge is approximately 76km away from South Australia’s capitol, Adelaide. The inter-city service to commute citizens between the cities has seen some improvement but is still lacking so much. The cost for a High-school student to travel from Murray Bridge to Adelaide is $10.00 one way. That is way to expensive, and is even more expensive for a regular fare. Someone needing to regularly travel into the capitol is going to have to save a lot of his or her income, just for a bus ride.
Adelaide and surrounds are seeing improvements with the service provided, but what about Murray Bridge?
The national Melbourne to Adelaide railway line runs through Murray Bridge, and the city has its own railway station. In fact, include the outer suburbs of Murray Bridge; there are around 3-4 stations (Kanchina, Murray Bridge City, Rabilla and Monteith). The outer suburb stations are no longer in use, after the decommissioning of the regular country train services, back in the later years of the 20th Century.
The cost for a student to travel on the “Overland” train bound for Adelaide is $15 from Murray Bridge. That is $5.30 difference, from a luxury train to a regular bus. Something really needs to be done.
Bus stops are dotted across the city, but are no longer in use, citizens have to walk, and some have to walk great distances just to get their daily needs. I believe I do not stand alone with this topic, I have personally asked various citizens around the city, and the majority agrees.
I have asked the council numerous times about this matter, but I am given the same answer. “That they are working with the State Government on finding a solution.” Clearly, no solution has been found.
Murray Bridge needs a new service, and needs one now.
Currently, young people aged 16-18 in Middlesbrough can sign up to the free Teen Mover bus pass which entitles them to half-fare travel on all Arriva and Stagecoach buses in the Tees Valley area.
Middlesbrough Council spend £60,000 per year on the Teen Mover scheme.
However, due to massive budget cuts forced onto Middlesbrough Council by the Coalition Government, the future of the Teen Mover card is uncertain.
NEW YORK IS RAISING THE FARES AND TOLLS AGAIN EVEN THOU SERVICE ON BUSES AND TRAINS HAVE BEEN REDUCED AND EVEN CUT IN SOME AREAS.
ALSO TOLLS RAISED EVEN ACROSS THE CROSSBAY BRIDGE FOR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS RESIDENCE WHICH AFFECTS THEM GREATLY. SERVICE ON THE A TRAIN HAS BEEN CUT ALSO IN ROCKAWAY. TRANSPORTATION IS LIMITED AS IT IS WITHOUT THIS CUTBACK ALTHOUGH FARES ARE BEING RAISED.
ALSO CHECK FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE OTHER AREAS THAT ARE DRASTICALLY AFFECTED.
WHERE IS JAY WALDER ???
A Campaign for free/reduced public transport for all young people under the age of 18 in Cambridgeshire.
A campaign has been launched to bring the Metro or a tram system to the West End of Newcastle by reinstating parts of the Tyne Valley Line closed as a result of the Beeching Cuts in 1958.
Before 1958, communities such as Newburn, Lemington and Scotswood were connected to the city centre and Hexham via a local train service.
Residents of the Outer West are unhappy that they have no access to the Metro, despite contributing through Nexus to the running of the Metro system.
It's time for the Metro to go West.
ACUNSA believes that all students should have equal rights and opportunities, regardless of where they're from, or what they study. It is fact that if you are an international student, a postgraduate student, or a student studying part time or off-campus you just cannot get a concession card in NSW or Victoria. ACUNSA will campaign for equality in 2009. Concession cards in Victoria & NSW are just not fair!
Full Fare is Not Fair!
The highway congestion from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver during rush hour is a terrible state of affairs. The pollution caused and time lost by thousands of workers stuck in traffic, is a problem that needs to be addressed. A frequently running commuter train is the easiest answer to this.
In the 1950s there was an existing passenger trainline that ran from Abbotsford to Vancouver, and as traffic becomes worse and the environmental condition worsens, it is time that money be invested to re-instate such transport.
The West Coast Express only operates five trains during weekday peak periods and it is simply not enough and does not offer the convenience of commuter trains in the United Kingdom or Europe, of running regularly and everyday. The stations are only convenient for a minority of people and there needs to be a more comprehensive service.
Studies show that people who use public transport, such as trains and buses, to commute to work have less stress in their lives, and have more time to spend with their families and loved ones. The price of travel is less than constantly filling a fuel tank and maintaining a vehicle. Businesses lose less employee time due to traffic reasons and commuter problems. The environmental impact of running one train versus many individual vehicles is far less. In summation, a commuter train from the Fraser Valley into Vancouver makes economic, environmental, business, and social sense.
To contact the Ministry directly:
LOWER MAINLAND DISTRICT
200-1065 Columbia Street
New Westminster, V3M 6H7
Operational Program Manager,
Sea-to-Sky and Upper Levels
45890 Victoria Avenue
Chilliwack BC V2P 2T1
Therefore there is no reason that a commuter train should not be established.
The service this petition represents provides more than the regular bus routes are able to. Not only does it assist the low-income and pensioners, it allows visitors to explore the locality.
The present driver, of two years, of eight years in total as a Post Bus driver, twenty years in the local post office (who does not expect to lose his employment as a result of the service being cut) provides a courteous and useful role on behalf of Royal Mail and the locality.
We want to raise our concern over the recently released anti-inflation policies, one of which sees local full time students to enjoy half-price concession whilst taking the Mass Transit Railway and Kowloon Bus. We believe this is unfair to all Hong Kong permanent residents who are studying overseas.
Our parents are both citizens and taxpayers of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and they are hit by spiraling inflation as much as, if not worse than, everyone else. Moreover, we are both full time students and Hong Kong residents. Thus, it is well within reasons that we should be included in this scheme. Yet this so-called relief package does not in any way benefit us, and our families are also part of the society. On the other hand, it only alleviates the pressure of certain minority groups and fails to ease the plight of the general public, especially those among the middle-income families. This only serves to aggravate the inequality and resentment within the society.
Discount-price transportation fare policy is carried out among many leading economies. For example, Young Persons’ Rail Card of the National Rail Company in the United Kingdom allows any youth between 16 and 25 living or studying in the country to pay only 2/3 of the original fare, The Student Railway Pass of Tokyo Metro Company in Japan lets students travel between stations on the specified routes for free. In view of this, Hong Kong, suggested by your government as the Asia’s world city, should also follow the trend. Otherwise, your anti-inflation measures will be seen as favouring a small number of the population and working against your own government’s policies, and Hong Kong’s image as an international city may be damaged.
Currently there is no direct and regular public transport service between the popular Cheddar area, and Bristol Airport which is just 20 minutes up the road. Local residents and tourists alike would benefit from a fast bus service between Cheddar, Bristol Airport and Bristol Town Centre.
The petition is being co-ordinated by Arundel House and Sungate Holiday Apartments, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3RA.
If you live or work in the Cheddar area, or are a visitor to the area who would have found such a bus service useful please sign the petition.
Prior to the introduction of the SmartRider (a pre-paid Smartcard ticketing system) in Western Australia by Transperth, students and other concession holders were able to present concession stickers that were handed out by organizations that had large concentrations of concession holders (such as schools, universities, seniors groups).
However, following the introduction of the SmartRider, only a Concession SmartRider serves as identification allowing for the purchasing of the cheaper fare. No other form of identification (school-issued IDs, Seniors Cards etc.) is accepted.
The issue lies in the fact that you require the SmartRider to buy the discounted cash fare. However, if you had the SmartRider in the first place, you wouldn't need to buy the cash fare as the SmartRider is actually cheaper than the normal concession fare. If you want to purchase the concession fare via cash due to not travelling often enough to warrant the $10 minimum load value on a SmartRider, you need to pay the initial cost for the SmartRider itself.
The reintroduction of the concession sticker would enable those who do not travel enough to warrant purchasing a SmartRider to claim concession fairs. It would also allow those who forget or lose their SmartRiders to purchase the discounted fare they are entitled to without running the risk of a $50 for 'invalid tickets' due to not having the 'proper identification'.
The 302 Bus service has a 40 minute wait between busses at 5:09 and 5:49 PM. This is the height of peak hour and during this gap 22 (13 outbound, 9 inbound) trains arrive at Box Hill station.
This is a request for a single extra bus servicng the 302/202 route between these times at the benefit of the transport using public.
This petition is designed to combat the growing use of mobile phones and mp3 players to play music out loud without headphones by passengers on public transport.
Although our campaign originally targeted London Buses, having received feedback from around the country, we decided to extend it to cover all train, tram, bus and underground services nationwide.
Existing transport regulations state that passengers should not use sound reproducing equipment to the annoyance of any person on the vehicle or in a manner which is likely to cause annoyance to any person. This includes mobile phones and mp3 players used without headphones. We believe that such byelaws should be publicised and enforced to a much greater extent by public transport companies.
Easily noticeable posters and warning signs on the buses and trains would go a long way towards supporting the rights of passengers to a quiet and peaceful journey. They would also give support to passengers who choose to confront those who show a lack of respect and consideration whilst using public transport.
The original petition of over 4,500 signatures was presented to Transport for London on 6th December 2006 and will be presented in the House of Commons on 11th December 2006.
We feel it is very important to show public transport companies the exact scale of this issue. Please add your experiences, thoughts and suggestions in the comment field when signing the petiton so that we can pass them on.
It is also very useful if you include your usual bus/train route as it provides an idea of just how widespread the problem is.