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Do you think your $321 a year to pay for ACTION is worth it?

By johnboy - 23 February 2011 42

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The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is poking the bear that is the huge amount of subsidy for the ACTION bus service:

Every ACT adult pays an extraordinary $321 every year for ACTION buses, whether or not they use the service, Shadow Minister for Transport Services, Alistair Coe, said today.

“For too long the Government has talked about improving the efficiency of the ACTION network, but these figures highlight just how much each voter is paying every year for a service government figures estimate only around 8 per cent of Canberrans use,” Mr Coe said.

“Every year Canberra taxpayers subsidise the ACTION network by approximately $80 million. However the actual cost per capita, or per adult, really highlights the massive amount each ACT adult pays for a network that doesn’t suit the needs of many Canberrans.

So Rioters, how would you fix this?

Or are you happy just as it is?

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boneymaloney 12:16 pm 15 Aug 11

zippyzippy said :

Ok, so he’s saying we shouldn’t subsidise Action. ie defund it. What? It needs more funding! What does Alistair think we should do instead to make sure Canberra has a good public transport system?

Quite. “It has to be better! And it also has to be cheaper!” Doesn’t everything? How are you going to run more buses at higher frequencies at lower cost? Outsource them to China? :/

housebound 11:44 pm 28 Feb 11

Sorry to revive an old thread, but having buses that actually turn up would be good. The school kids and workers in our extended family have had buses regularly failing to show in the past week. That 8% must be the poor and desperate, or simply those who don’t mind waiting for another half hour (or more) for a bus to show up.

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