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Free buses up for grabs

By housebound 5 February 2010 30

In an amazing act of self-sacrifice, ACT public servants have convinced their union to include a request for free [commuter] bus trips in this round of EBA negotiations. Not for them the convenience of driving and parking somwhere close to work.

Here’s the ABC report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/05/2811050.htm

The union claims it will bring a host of benefits to the ACT human and natural environment, but it will also make the buses more viable.

So here’s the question: would you catch buses if they were free?

What’s Your opinion?


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KidKenosha 5:26 pm 11 Feb 10

ML-585 said :

KidKenosha said :

However, students like myself (often living below the poverty line) still have to fork out at least $4 a day to get to and from campus.

If you are paying $4 a day as a full-time student to catch buses, then you are paying too much. A concession daily ticket is $3.70.

OK, sure. But the fact remains that that is $3.70 more than public servants would be paying under this scheme.

ML-585 12:23 pm 08 Feb 10

KidKenosha said :

However, students like myself (often living below the poverty line) still have to fork out at least $4 a day to get to and from campus.

If you are paying $4 a day as a full-time student to catch buses, then you are paying too much. A concession daily ticket is $3.70.

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

As long as they also give free unlimited bus travel to Pensioners.

ACT residents 75 years and older are already entitled to unlimited free bus travel. It’s called a Gold Card.

KidKenosha 10:43 am 08 Feb 10

Although more people on the buses is generally a Good Thing, here’s my problem with this. Public servants, who are uniformly on comfortable (or at least adequate) salaries and can generally afford to own/operate cars, are to receive free bus travel. However, students like myself (often living below the poverty line) still have to fork out at least $4 a day to get to and from campus. Maybe it’s just me calling a spade a fucking shovel, but how the hell is that fair?

steveu 7:45 pm 07 Feb 10

pension rates are the same, though people are on pensions for very different reasons. I would argue that aged pensioners have spent a lifetime (in most cases) contributing taxes, and my personal opinion is that they deserve it. I cannot comment on the wealth of other pensions out there however.
Cheers
Steve

dvaey 5:27 pm 07 Feb 10

steveu said :

People on the old age pension free? Certainly. Other pensions? Hmm…

AFAIK, pension rates are equal. Why should two people receiving the same welfare payment amount, receive different concessions?

Agree with others though, that the whole bus system should be free, but I think the government understands that if it was free, the current system couldnt handle the number of people who would switch their cars for buses, and it would leave a negative impression when the system couldnt handle the load.

Blingerific 8:44 am 07 Feb 10

I already pay to use the buses so yes, a free bus would be good for the rare days I don’t use my pushbike. And despite the fact I have a 30 minute walk either way I quite like catching the bus as you get to laugh at the grand incompetence that is Canberra’s drivers, rather than having to take my life into my own hands driving my much smaller and vulnerable (than the bus) car on the same roads as they (I could catch the 6 into the city and bus to work from there but 30 minute walk early in the day is a great start to the day!)

georgesgenitals 7:29 am 07 Feb 10

vg said :

Why is being a detective a secret? You’re getting plain clothes and undercover mixed up. An actual undercover cop wouldn’t do anything to indicate they are a cop…like showing ID

Hey man, the world’s a crazy place…

georgesgenitals 7:24 am 07 Feb 10

Ian said :

I’d be telling the union to just get me the money, and I’ll decide how I want to use it.

Fair point, but I reckon lots of people could do better in salary negotiations without the unions…

vg 11:27 pm 06 Feb 10

Why is being a detective a secret? You’re getting plain clothes and undercover mixed up. An actual undercover cop wouldn’t do anything to indicate they are a cop…like showing ID

TP 3000 9:52 pm 06 Feb 10

I know of a few detectives who catch buses to & from work. The only weird thing is that to get free travel they flash their badge at the driver.

I would of thought as a way to keep their profession a secret they would get a monthly ticket.

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