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Cross-Border Toll For Queanbeyan Residents

By benett 1 April 2010 13

The Queanbeyan Age is reporting that there will be a toll imposed on those motorists traveling across the border from Queanbeyan to the ACT.

To quote a portion from the Queanbeyan Age:

“Last night council workers placed electronic toll collecting devices (ETCDs) that scan vehicle number plates at Yass Road under the railway bridge, and at the Harman traffic lights on Canberra Avenue.”

The article form the Queanbeyan Age also suggests people wanting to ride across the border will be charged 80c per wheel. Those folk from Jerra that usually travel to Woden with a 24-wheel bike could be in for some pain!

Imagine having to pay $22 per week to merely cross the railway line each morning for work. Seems a bit foolish.

What I think would NOT be so foolish would be to have some agreement between the ACT and NSW in regard to bus fares. Currently, Deane’s buslines are the only providers of bus services between Queanbeyan and Canberra, and their fares are EXTREME!

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dvaey 9:40 am 03 Apr 10

bsdjdct said :

Out of this April fools is a subject that warrants some further discussion. What reason do Deanes Bus company give as to why bus fares from Queanbeyan to Civic and return cost in excess of $80 per week.

Already been answered, but as an extension, I surely hope the ACT government DOESN’T subsidise the cross-border trip. People move to Queanbeyan because of the ‘cheaper cost of living’ and those who work in Canberra, move there knowing full-well about the travel time/distance involved. If those residents decide not to live in the ACT and pay taxes imposed by the ACT government, I see no reason what so ever that the ACT governemnt should subsidise their travel. If someone decided to work in Murrumbateman or Yass, should the NSW government subsidise a bus from Civic to their town?

bsdjdct said :

Even city parking, as expensive as it is, only cost roughly $50 per week. We need to solve the parking problem in the City, how is this going to solve this problem!! It’s just lining the pockets of the Mr and Mrs Deanes bus company.

Sure, parking only costs $50 per week, and the day you invent a vehicle that gets from Queanbeyan to Canberra on air/water, thats all the civic trip will cost. Unfortunately, a lot of current vehicles require fuel to move, and that fuel costs money. Do you think you can drive from civic to Qbn everyday for $30 a week? What about the costs of registration, tyres, etc too?

If you want to pick on anyone for not supporting Deanes, feel free to ask Queanbeyan Council to throw some money Deanes’ way to cover the costs of residents who want to work across the border, or (worse) interstate residents only coming into queanbeyan for their jobs. As for civic parking, Id take a guess that only a small minority of vehicles in the city are Queanbeyan residents, especially when you consider the sums above, and how much cheaper it is to catch Deanes than drive yourself.

bd84 8:53 pm 02 Apr 10

bsdjdct said :

Out of this April fools is a subject that warrants some further discussion. What reason do Deanes Bus company give as to why bus fares from Queanbeyan to Civic and return cost in excess of $80 per week. Even city parking, as expensive as it is, only cost roughly $50 per week. We need to solve the parking problem in the City, how is this going to solve this problem!! It’s just lining the pockets of the Mr and Mrs Deanes bus company.

That’s what a bus trip on an ACTION bus would cost if the ACT Government did not subsidise 70% of the trip. The fares set by Deanes would cover the cost of running the services and provide them a profit margin, the same with any other business. It’s not the fault of Deanes that the NSW Government does not contribute to the cost of public transport for those living across the border.

bsdjdct 11:32 am 02 Apr 10

Out of this April fools is a subject that warrants some further discussion. What reason do Deanes Bus company give as to why bus fares from Queanbeyan to Civic and return cost in excess of $80 per week. Even city parking, as expensive as it is, only cost roughly $50 per week. We need to solve the parking problem in the City, how is this going to solve this problem!! It’s just lining the pockets of the Mr and Mrs Deanes bus company.

Tooks 9:16 am 02 Apr 10

How embarrassing!

Davo111 3:34 am 02 Apr 10

lol Queanbeyan.

Ryan 7:27 pm 01 Apr 10

sloppery said :

Wow. You’d think they’d come up with something a little cleverer than that!

the irony…

gun street girl 7:20 pm 01 Apr 10

There’s one born every minute…

Im a country member 7:07 pm 01 Apr 10

Will there also be a bogan tax!

bd84 6:19 pm 01 Apr 10

We know where all the April fools of the world come from..

SmileOnTrial 4:31 pm 01 Apr 10

Actually not a bad idea…:)

Wraith 4:03 pm 01 Apr 10

I wonder if that would have stopped Williams…………

sloppery 3:46 pm 01 Apr 10

Wow. You’d think they’d come up with something a little cleverer than that!

RiotPost 3:31 pm 01 Apr 10

At least the Queanbeyan Age, unlike the Crimes, still has a sense of humour!

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