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Simon Corbell makes case for ending all public transport.

By johnboy - 25 April 2005 21

Perhaps following on from Seepi’s questions in this place, ABC Online have some words from Simon Corbell explaining why we can’t have what we want.

But Planning Minister Simon Corbell says most people take private transport or taxis and the Government could not guarantee a bus service would not make a loss.

Now most of us will recall that all of ACTION makes a loss, and if it wasn’t there we’d all be using private transport or taxis. So remind me again why we spend so much money on public transport? And once you’ve done that, can you explain why that same reasoning should not apply to the Airport? (and large numbers of offices now attached).

UPDATED: ABC Online now brings news that Canberra Cabs are now going to offer a $10 service to Parliament House and the city.

Why not let Canberra cabs run all of the public transport?

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21 Responses to
Simon Corbell makes case for ending all public transport.
seepi 9:54 pm 26 Apr 05

I still don’t understand why it would be sucha big deal to get Action to the airport. Simon is making out that a whole new bus route would have to be invented. But they ahve 4 busses that go to Campbell Park, which is the next suburb. Why can’t they just extend the route of one of those?

johnboy 8:35 pm 26 Apr 05

“Incomprehensible” is generally the Stanhope party’s policy.

Indeed, but is it cock-up or conspiracy?

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 8:23 pm 26 Apr 05

“Incomprehensible” is generally the Stanhope party’s policy.


johnboy 7:41 pm 26 Apr 05

I often suspect his incomprehensible answers mask a hidden agenda.

Thumper 4:25 pm 26 Apr 05

Is it just me or does the Ear ring boy seem to become more and more bizarre and incomprehensible with each week?

GuruJ 3:25 pm 26 Apr 05

Almost all public transport runs at a loss. Even fully privatised systems like those in Melbourne are massively subsidised by the Gov’t.

Anyway, this misses the point. PT is all about providing a public service rather than a profit-making entity — classic example of where gov’t intervention is a Good Thing(TM).

A recent comment I heard by the ACTION CEO (paraphrased): “One of the big problems with Canberra is that we have a small ‘captive market’ for public transport. In other words, anyone who is physically capable of driving and can afford to drive probably will, since travel times are so short and traffic congestion is negligible.”

johnboy: Couldn’t agree more about the link to the airport. I can only assume that commercial interests (eg. the Airbus people) are preventing this happening.

bonfire: I think I’d rather keep the buses than switch to light rail. At the moment I can simply hope on a bus and it takes me to work. With light rail I’d have to hop off and wait at the Interchange — much less convenient.

Mr Evil 1:36 pm 26 Apr 05

How much do you think it’d cost the ACT Govt (read taxpayer!) to upgrade parking facilities, roads, and other associated infrastructure if everyone took their car into work?

bonfire 12:31 pm 26 Apr 05

Canberra needs a properly integrated multi-modal public transport system with Light rail at its core. Light rail can link the town centres and primary employment centres, and buses can feed the interchanges.

The ALP have a woeful record on public transport.

The sustainable public transport paper was a joke.

Anonymous 2:24 am 26 Apr 05

Prolly the Minister… but if the tag fits you can wear it too 😛

johnboy 11:05 pm 25 Apr 05

Another drug induced comment?

You talking about me or Simon?

sk8erboi 10:11 pm 25 Apr 05

He’s a git, pure and simple. Come along to Weston Creek Community Council at Royals (or whatever it’s called now) and heckle him this wednesday night @ 7:45.

Anonymous 7:51 pm 25 Apr 05

Another drug induced comment?

sk8erboi 5:36 pm 25 Apr 05

The struggletown busses leaving from Woden interchange do go via the airport.

johnboy 3:50 pm 25 Apr 05

I don’t actually beleive we should do away with public transport (although I do think we should re-think it an re-engineer it to make it work).

I DO think the public transport network should extend to the airport.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 3:39 pm 25 Apr 05

I’m sooo glad that you and Simon both think that everybody can afford private vehicles…or that everybody wants a private vehicle.

I personally could probably afford a car if I wanted to, but why bother, ACTION do a mostly good job, certainly they lose money, but they are an essential part of Canberra.

Apart from which, bus travel is much safer than car travel. How many people have died in bus crashes compared to the number of people who die in car crashes? You will also note that, even when buses do crash, the survival rate is much higher due to the amount of space. The motor isn’t going to slam into you in a bus…

It suprises me that Simon would announce this straight after announcing an planning process for a costly, unneeded busway from Belconnen to Civic, and then deciding that we should allow bicycles on their. Bus size V Bicycle size. Bus speed V Bicycle speed. Bus patron protection V Bicycle patron protection…need I say more.

Mind you, Mr Corbell did also enlighten us to the benifits of fruit and vegetables during the week…maybe that will fix the hospital problem in 20 years.

And congratulations to all who voted for Labor…you voted for the Stanhope Lunatic Party, you deserve what you get.


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