ACTION fare increase – from 1 July 2010

ML-585 9 June 2010 47

ACTION have today released details of their fare increases to take effect from 1 July 2010. (http://www.action.act.gov.au/new_fares.html).

Last year’s increase took many by surprise (http://the-riotact.com/?p=12749), despite it being announced in the ACT Budget. This year there was no mention in the Budget and, so far, no media release from the ACT Government. So will the fare increase still come as a complete surprise on 1 July? More than likely.

The new fares are as follows:

Full fare (Adult )

  • Single trip $4.00
  • Daily $7.60
  • Off-peak Daily $4.60
  • Faresaver 10 $25.20
  • Weekly $28.20
  • Monthly $92.50

Concession / Student

  • Single trip $2.00
  • Daily $3.80
  • Off-peak Daily $1.70
  • Faresaver 10 $12.60
  • Weekly $14.10
  • Monthly $46.25

Primary/Secondary School Student

  • Faresaver 10 $9.50
  • School Term $62.20

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LJLangford LJLangford 4:25 pm 09 Jun 10

I can’t believe this. The government is raising prices on parking in the city to make parking more available and to provide more of an incentive for people to use public transport and then Action goes and raises it fares!!! The bus schedules are far from perfect and yet they want to force more people to use them and at a higher price. Am I missing something here?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 4:37 pm 09 Jun 10

Yeah, that extra 70c on a Faresaver 10 will really break the bank.

trix trix 5:22 pm 09 Jun 10

So now it’s 50c -more- for a single trip than in LONDON, one of the most expensive cities in the world. If don’t pay cash and have a topped-up Oyster card, you pay the equivalent of $2.10 for a single trip, and a maximum cap of $6.80 for a day’s travel (on buses, tube is more). This is not including 7-day or monthly concessions. Way to encourage people on buses here in Canberra, eh?

I also don’t understand why the 10 ride ticket is so under-priced compared to a single ride. In most places, a 10 ride ticket gets you a couple of free journeys – it’s not nearly half-price. The big discounts are with the monthly passes.

sepi sepi 5:39 pm 09 Jun 10

That 4.00 single ticket is going to put people off who try out the buses after using a car for ages.
Meanwhile existing customers all use multi tix.
ACTION shoot themselves in the foot yet again.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:51 pm 09 Jun 10

“I think I’ll try out the buses after using a car for ages!”
“That’ll be $4.”
“I thought it was $3.80?”
“No, it went up 20 cents.”
“BLURGHL I’M OUTRAGED AND WILL NEVAR CATH TEH BUS AGIN!1!’

“How much for a single?”
“$4.”
“BLRUHAHF THATS FIDDY CENTS MORE DEN LONDN IM CATCHEN DER PLANE NOW”

Jesus you people stretch a long bow sometimes.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:38 pm 09 Jun 10

I have to say, Woody, I really enjoy your angry, made up conversations.

Seriously!

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 7:11 pm 09 Jun 10

+1 WMC.

Srsly folks. Build a bridge. It’s still loads cheaper than driving (cue “but I have kids/I have to catch 87 buses/ACTION sucks/I’ll niver catch the loser cruiser/etc).

Blingerific Blingerific 7:56 pm 09 Jun 10

Wow, my weekly trips to work will set me back a whole ‘nother 70cents huh? Well, that’s one less um, er, hmmm, yes well, not an impact…

sepi sepi 9:01 pm 09 Jun 10

Usually I try out the bus once in a blue moon when my car is in for a service, or I get the guilts about the environment. Every time it costs way more than I remember the last time, and that is just one more reason for me to resolve not to bother with it.

4.00 each way is 8.00 a day – compared to 10.00 a day parking, and getting to leave when I want to, not stand around freezing at the busstop, and stay seated all the way to work = ACTION is just not in the competition at the moment.

bd84 bd84 9:11 pm 09 Jun 10

One way to make you feel better about driving to work

pete74au pete74au 10:01 pm 09 Jun 10

Its amazing at the sustainable transport summit (joke) they claimed that by making Action bus fares ZERO they would increase patronage by 2% so the $60M a year we waste on buses will be used less than they are now.

Love this forward thinging in reverse.

gooterz gooterz 10:25 pm 09 Jun 10

Wont they be changing again soon with the new ticket system.. Plus the cost of having a new ad campain to display the new ticket.

I’m still suprised you can’t purchase tickets from vending machines on the platforms!
In most major cities you catch a train and the ticket machine is right there!

cleo cleo 1:05 am 10 Jun 10

I never travel on the bus, but got the shuttle from the airport and then a bus to where I wanted to go, I must admit the drivers were very pleasant, and I was offered help with my suitcase by the driver and then a young man, so I’m very surprised.

Blingerific Blingerific 6:33 am 10 Jun 10

Cleo
I never travel on the bus, but got the shuttle from the airport and then a bus to where I wanted to go,

So you never travel on the bus? Except for the times you travel on the bus? That’s very quantum of you I must say! Do you also own a cat that is both dead and alive?

paservank paservank 8:47 am 10 Jun 10

I think the problem is not so much the small price increase, but rather the large absolute price!

Why would anyone want to catch the bus when for the same price they can drive whenever and wherever they want instead of waiting for an hour in the cold?!?!

Haven’t ACTION heard the old saying, “good, cheap, fast – pick any two”? Hell, they don’t even have ONE of those!!!

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:57 am 10 Jun 10

Clearly, the buses are targeted at people who have a jumper, can do basic math and have learned to harden the f*ck up a bit (‘I’ve been sitting all day, and I’m damned if I’m going to stand now!’). Maybe you could join them, hysterical punctuator!>!?/1

$5 return, express route straight to office, no parking, no petrol, wife gets the car, no brainer.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 10:21 am 10 Jun 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

$5 return, express route straight to office, no parking, no petrol, wife gets the car, no brainer.

Well la-di-da!

My bus is 1 hour from home to job A (about half that by car and free parking)
Then another hour and a transfer to job B (about 10 mins by car and free parking)
Then it had better be a quiet night at job B and finish up early otherwise I’m stranded and it’s a 2 hour walk home in the cold.

There are reasons people drive, I’m guessing your wife has pretty good reasons. Personally I’d much rather catch the bus, all that working makes me too damn tired to drive!

ML-585 ML-585 10:42 am 10 Jun 10

sepi said :

4.00 each way is 8.00 a day

No, it’s not. A day ticket will be $7.60. Or $5.04 for 2 ‘Faresaver’ rides; or $4.60 (approx) for a monthly ticket (based on 20 working days per month).

Paying cash more than once per day is both the most expensive option and the slowest.

gooterz said :

Wont they be changing again soon with the new ticket system.. Plus the cost of having a new ad campain to display the new ticket.

I’m still suprised you can’t purchase tickets from vending machines on the platforms!
In most major cities you catch a train and the ticket machine is right there!

The new ticketing equipment will not be changing the fares – just the manner in which they are sold. If you have a ‘MyWay’ card, then you won’t need a ticket vending machine, just a ticket top-up machine at Interchanges (not that I’m saying those will exist either); but with single-trip cash fares a nice round number (less change needed), on-bus cash fares should be quicker than they are now.

sepi sepi 10:58 am 10 Jun 10

Yebbut, my point is, this new fare system doesn’t get much more money out of regular bus users, who understand the ticketing system, but really stings anyone who is new to the buses. Not a way to increase patronage I would have thought.

Swan Swan 3:35 pm 10 Jun 10

Action Buses: The worst public transport in the world.

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