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Bus fares going up up up

By johnboy - 16 December 2013 33

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Mayor Rattenbury is letting it be known that a stonking 7.5% bus fare increase is going to hit in the new year:

New fares for travel on ACTION buses will come into effect in the New Year, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“From 4 January 2014, ACTION bus fares will increase by 7.5 percent. This is just the second time fareshave increased since July 2010,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The fare increase reflects continuing improvements to ACTION’s service, including new bus shelters, upgraded bus stops to comply with disability standards, new buses and dedicated bus lanes and bus priority measures.

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dpm 7:52 pm 16 Dec 13

I think it’s a tough balancing act for them.
They lose money on ACTION, but would like to lose less.
Meanwhile, they make a lot more $$ from pay parking. So, the balance is to keep the car parks full, while trying to minimise the loss on the buses.
If they make buses actually useful for too many people, they might lose parking revenue! 🙂

Mysteryman 7:45 pm 16 Dec 13

bikhet said :

Does this mean the public subsidy of ACTION is going down? Hahahahahahaha!

Suck it and make the buses free. We already pay $100M of their $120M cost. Yes, I know there’s an argument that people don’t value things they don’t pay for, but:

a) we pay for ACTION anyway, just indirectly; and

b) most people don’t seem to value Action anyway.

I agree with this. If those number are accurate, ditch the fares completely and make the buses free.

joingler 7:40 pm 16 Dec 13

Before the price increase in February, I was paying $63 per month. After this next increase, I’ll be paying $86 per month. That is a 27% increase in 11 months. Still paying significantly less than other cities but still a massive jump.

To be fair to ACTION, services have improved immensely for me. If we had a decent weekend service, I wouldn’t complain about a fare increase one bit.

TP 3000 7:10 pm 16 Dec 13

I suppose we have to pay for our white elephant light rail somehow.

bikhet 5:01 pm 16 Dec 13

Does this mean the public subsidy of ACTION is going down? Hahahahahahaha!

Suck it and make the buses free. We already pay $100M of their $120M cost. Yes, I know there’s an argument that people don’t value things they don’t pay for, but:

a) we pay for ACTION anyway, just indirectly; and

b) most people don’t seem to value Action anyway.

dph 4:53 pm 16 Dec 13

Reprobate said :

Loving the “social equity” of Mayor Rattenbury’s government, where party goers who choose to go out to clubs and pubs in the City at night get free bus rides but workers, students and others who need to use public transport to earn or learn cop two price hikes in a year.
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I’m going to take a guess & say those party goers are also, workers, students & others…

I think we’d all much rather free buses than drink drivers.

Madam Cholet 4:48 pm 16 Dec 13

Hmmm. And this is on the back also of a two week go slow because according to Action, no one needs to get to work because we are all on holiday.

In our neck of the woods a new park and ride has been established right outside of the Calwell Club. From what I can ascertain, just going on what I can see from my vantage point and the general lack of other patrons keeping me company at the closest bus stop, the main users of this new area are….wait for it…yes, you guessed it, the patrons of the Calwell Club – on a Friday and Saturday night.

Martlark 4:35 pm 16 Dec 13

Smackbang said :

“The fare increase reflects continuing improvements to ACTION’s service, including new bus shelters…”

The new bus shelters are being constructed under the contract with Adshel, in which (by my understanding) the cost of the new shelters is borne by Adshel. In return Adshel gets the revenue from the advertising that now features in our bus shelters.

So can anyone explain what the fare increase has to do with new bus shelters?

Not all of the new shelters are Adhsel. Many older ones have been improved to make it easier for mobility impaired users to get to the bus. I’ve seen some of the older concrete shelters relocated to bus stops that used to have nothing.

Felix the Cat 4:26 pm 16 Dec 13

Maybe ACTION are trying to make up the deficit from the free Nightrider buses.

Smackbang 4:01 pm 16 Dec 13

“The fare increase reflects continuing improvements to ACTION’s service, including new bus shelters…”

The new bus shelters are being constructed under the contract with Adshel, in which (by my understanding) the cost of the new shelters is borne by Adshel. In return Adshel gets the revenue from the advertising that now features in our bus shelters.

So can anyone explain what the fare increase has to do with new bus shelters?

Reprobate 3:57 pm 16 Dec 13

“From 4 January 2014, ACTION bus fares will increase by 7.5 percent. This is just the second time fares have increased since July 2010,” Mr Rattenbury said.

…and the second rise in under 12 months, with the last 5% increase applied from February 2013.

Loving the “social equity” of Mayor Rattenbury’s government, where party goers who choose to go out to clubs and pubs in the City at night get free bus rides but workers, students and others who need to use public transport to earn or learn cop two price hikes in a year.

“The fare increase reflects continuing improvements to ACTION’s service, including new bus shelters, upgraded bus stops to comply with disability standards…” Blame the crips, nice!
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pajs 3:51 pm 16 Dec 13

The 7.5% is a bit of a hike, but works out about an extra $1.90 a week for a work day commuter.

Genie 3:37 pm 16 Dec 13
cheryanne 3:29 pm 16 Dec 13

Great so now I’m expected to pay more for a worse service. The new plans for the Kambah to Civic peak commute are pathetic. It already takes nearly 50 minutes when I catch one bus now how long is it going to take when I have to take 2 buses?

enrique 3:06 pm 16 Dec 13

Conveniently timed around this… http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/no-more-free-parking-for-canberra-public-servants-20131215-2zfgn.html

Way to make an opportunity out of it Shane.

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