This quote makes it appear that TransLink's spin merchants are trying to use the flood recovery as an excuse for the fare increase. Please, TransLink, stop insulting the intelligence of commuters. We all know that the 15% fare rise was planned over a year ago. We also know that with the exception of Brisbane City Council's ferry services, virtually all public transport is already back to normal.
The advert also has a few other prize quotes. "Encouraging use of go cards with the removal of daily, weekly, and monthly paper tickets", should be "Discouraging the frequent use of public transport with a limited fare structure". Another quote is "Making off peak travel 15 per cent cheaper". 15 per cent cheaper than what exactly? This is a rather misleading statement!
Rather concerning, is the omission in this advert of the 305,000 extra seats per week promised by TransLink. Lets hope that these seats are not flotsam in Moreton Bay!
A new advertisement appeared in mX newspaper on 27/01/11 entitled "TransLink ticketing changes". Thankfully this advert is considerably better worded, and is not as misleading as the previous advert mentioned above. However, there is no mention of peak single go card fares rising 15%, frequent travel costing even more, capped fares for seniors, or the 305,000 extra seats per week.