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Coe takes a bat to the buses

By johnboy 5 February 2013 21


The Liberals’ Alistair Coe doesn’t like what he’s seeing act ACTION:

According to the Government’s Half Yearly Performance Report, ACTION costs have soared and on-time performance has fallen to the worst in recent history, said the Shadow Minister for Transport, Alistair Coe.

The cost per passenger boarding has risen to $7.05 (up 10 per cent from the expected
$6.43) and the subsidy has grown to 84 per cent. Despite costs increasing, the percentage of buses operating on-time is now just 67 per cent (down from an expected 85 per cent).

“These figures indicate a rocky start for the new Greens Minister and show he has a lot of work to do in bringing about value for money and a bus service that Canberrans expect,” Mr Coe said today.

“At this rate, the ACTION budget will blow-out by a further $3 million bringing the total cost of the annual subsidy to a $107 million.

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ML-585 1:11 pm 08 Feb 13

What these figures show is that ACTION’s fares are too low. Funny how Alistair has been silent about the recent fare increase – does this mean that he actually agrees with the Government for once?

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