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Coe mocks Corbell bus surrender

By johnboy - 5 July 2011 21

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is making merry with Simon Corbell’s bus agreement.

“Despite all the talk from Mr Corbell’s predecessor and former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, there is little progress on improving the efficiency of ACTION and taxpayers will continue to subsidise the network by almost $90 million every year,” Mr Coe said.

“Under this ‘new deal’ we will still have a volunteer weekend working roster despite having a seven day bus network.”

“Despite acknowledging that ACTION has problems, Simon Corbell has agreed to the status quo that would appear to deliver very little to improve taxpayer’s return on investment.

“Simon Corbell needs to say what this deal will do to make the network more efficient or whether he has given-up on making the necessary reforms,” Mr Coe concluded.

No mention from Alistair as to what he’d do differently.

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Mysteryman 10:28 am 11 Jul 11

Mozzie said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Bussie said :

@qbngeek, I’d be pretty surprised if any cities in the developed world have profitable public transport systems. But if you can give any actual examples from among your “many, many places around the world” please do so.

They use a funding model where the responsible agency calculates the saving to the community in raod construction/maintenance

exactly, more passengers carried on public transport mean fewer cars on the road, which means the government needs to invest less public money in expanding road infrastructure.

It is hardly fair to demand that public transport users bear the full cost of saving the government money. Especially while the government continues to provide roads for free.

Also, there was an article on the ABC’s Drum a while ago talking about how Zurich’s public transport system operates at a much smaller loss than Melbourne’s. This is despite the fact that they are roughly comparible. The link is here: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/40728.html.

The article does a very good job of explaining why we don’t have a good system, but the Swiss do.

Roads are NOT provided “for free”. Our taxes and vehicle registrations pay for them, and everything else that the government administrates. They don’t give us anything for free.

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