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Ask RiotACT: Should school bus travel be free?

By greenman 23 June 2016 36

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Can someone please enlighten me as to why school bus travel is not free in the ACT? A colleague who resides in Qbn and was born in Sydney informs me she never paid for bus travel to and from school in Sydney – and her son gets free daily bus travel each day from Qbn to his school in the ACT? I am of the opinion that is should be free for ACT school kids and their parents as well. Thoughts?  I think the ACT is behind the times on this – and a poll should be started on this…

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greenbamboo 10:14 am 29 Aug 16

I really do think it should be free. Especially since of the kids that catch the buses, don’t take the school buses but the regular ones and the wait times for those are huge. The frequency could be around 20 minutes. If that day they didn’t have money, what are they supposed to do?

dungfungus 9:31 am 10 Aug 16

This is the way to run a free school bus service:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKzuaPzip34

Mordd 2:33 pm 08 Aug 16

etr420 said :

JC said :

rommeldog56 said :

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

I bet you will still vote Labor though.

If you’d read any of my comments about the tram and other Labor issues, you’d see I am so totally NOT going to vote Labor in the next election. Even a promise of free bus travel for kids wouldn’t sway me.

I am sorry about that WTC – I thought the comment was posted by Mordd.

Ummm, ok. Well I don’t have kids for one thing. Why did you presume that was my comment? It doesn’t read much like how I normally write. Also I have my avatar on here as a sub. which kind of makes it obvious. *shakes head in confusion*

dungfungus 8:33 pm 07 Aug 16

etr420 said :

JC said :

rommeldog56 said :

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

I bet you will still vote Labor though.

If you’d read any of my comments about the tram and other Labor issues, you’d see I am so totally NOT going to vote Labor in the next election. Even a promise of free bus travel for kids wouldn’t sway me.

I am sorry about that WTC – I thought the comment was posted by Mordd.

Masquara 10:57 am 07 Aug 16

Enough middle-class welfare already!

JC 10:27 am 07 Aug 16

JC said :

rommeldog56 said :

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

I bet you will still vote Labor though.

Maybe people are concerned about more than one issue and weigh up the positives and negatives of all policies. Of course politicians of all persuasions like wedge issues.

wildturkeycanoe 7:23 am 07 Aug 16

JC said :

rommeldog56 said :

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

I bet you will still vote Labor though.

If you’d read any of my comments about the tram and other Labor issues, you’d see I am so totally NOT going to vote Labor in the next election. Even a promise of free bus travel for kids wouldn’t sway me.

Mordd 9:51 pm 06 Aug 16

Overall, I’d be happy with completely free school travel for all on public transport (whatever the mode may be). I think we should also just acknowledge though that ACTION (Transport Canberra now?) takes in as little as 15% in fares compared to operating costs, so we may as well just make it free for everyone, all the time, and take kudos for being the first city to recognise public transport as basic human right and stop all this wasted admin money being spent to take in what really is very little in fares anyway.

dungfungus 5:58 pm 06 Aug 16

rommeldog56 said :

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

I bet you will still vote Labor though.

wildturkeycanoe 12:45 pm 06 Aug 16

Last week our eldest cost $7.40 to travel to school and back with Myway. Next year we’ll have two traveling, so it’ll be about $15/week. That also involves taking two separate buses each way. For that money I could drive them to school and back for less. It really should be subsidized a bit better than what it is as that will end up costing over $500 per year. Quite a substantial hit in the pocket don’t you think?

JC 11:32 am 06 Aug 16

dungfungus said :

I caught school buses through most of my school life, with my father in the RAAF we moved around a bit and the only place the bus wasn’t free was in Canberra. I lived at Fairbairn in ’88 and remember my parents were quite stressed about having to pay for the bus and constantly buying the ticket books.

It was free to those who genuinely needed free travel, children of pensioners for example.

For the rest if going to your local school the cost would have been bugger all, and if sending kids to schools out of area meaning no school bus or multiple buses then that is a personal choice or as Joe Hockey would say a lifestyle choice. So why should it be free?

Also why were you parents buying books of tickets? Even back then there were 1 and 3 month bus passes. Just waive it at the driver. Would have been a cheaper option, and being in the RAAF I am surprised they didn’t somehow subsidise your travel anyway through the various living allowances.

Southmouth 7:30 pm 05 Aug 16

I have 4 who travel the bus enough to cap out on trips each month so we pay about as much as anyone. The cost is not insignificant but what is worse is keeping track of the cards. We have to have a hot spare on hand. Why can’t they redesign the thing to make it more
robust and able to take a lanyard?

Mordd 2:19 pm 05 Aug 16

Robz said :

Mordd / Chris Richards said :

i caught school buses in sydney in the 80’s, it was never free even for private schools

I caught ’em in the 1990s in Sydney, and it was free. We had thin plastic cards to stick into the green boxes at the door when we got on.

I attended Dover Heights High in 1998 for 1 year (year 11) and I had free travel, but it was limited to what times you could travel at. As I often had to arrive early or stay late for extra-curricular activities I often had to pay for my own travel as it was outside the sanctioned free time period anyway.

screaming banshee 10:17 pm 04 Aug 16

I caught school buses through most of my school life, with my father in the RAAF we moved around a bit and the only place the bus wasn’t free was in Canberra. I lived at Fairbairn in ’88 and remember my parents were quite stressed about having to pay for the bus and constantly buying the ticket books.

A_Cog 3:45 pm 04 Aug 16

Mordd / Chris Richards said :

i caught school buses in sydney in the 80’s, it was never free even for private schools

I caught ’em in the 1990s in Sydney, and it was free. We had thin plastic cards to stick into the green boxes at the door when we got on.

John Moulis 3:18 pm 04 Aug 16

When I started at Phillip College in 1976 we received a College Student Free Travel Authority – a bus pass. There were no school buses, we had to take normal route buses. In August that year the Fraser Government abolished the free pass and we had to get a term pass – $10.00 for three months. Even back then we got the message that there is no such thing as a free ride.

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