TransLink Tracker Q3 2011/2012
Page 4 - Overall patronage was up 11% compared to flood riddled 2011, but only up 1.8% since non-flood riddled 2010. This is less than population growth, so technically public transport patronage has not grown at all in 2 years due to excessive fares.
Page 5 - Subsidy per trip has increased, with 76% of public transport costs coming from subsidy. This shows that the previous government's fare increase policy has miserably failed in reducing subsidy percentage.
Page 6 - Train on-time running has fallen to a pathetic 90%, well below the benchmark of 93.77%.
Bus on time running figures are 95.52%, which does not seem to resemble reality. BrizCommuter would like to know how TransLink calculate this dubious figure?
Page 7 - Complaints have increased. Funnily enough, BrizCommuter is still awaiting a reply to a complaint made in April!
Page 8 - Go card use has increased by 8%, but a scary 18% of passengers are still wasting money on paper tickets.
Page 9 - A whopping 2.3% of journey still end up with a fixed fare, but only 0.11% of journeys end up with an adjustment for the fixed fare. A very concerning discrepancy!
Page 13 - Affordability rating has continued to free fall. Even with the 9 journey cap, and free CityHopper ferries, Brisbane is still one of the 5 most expensive public transport systems in the world, and light years away from being in the top 5 best public transport systems.
Page 15 - Train service kilometres have increased by 0%, and bus kilometres have increased by little more than 1%. This is extremely disappointing given that fares have increased 15% in the same period.
Non-existent - Full bus statistics, missing again!
Q3 2011/12 QR Passenger load survey
BrizCommuter will go into more detail about the effects of excessive fare discouraging the use of public transport in a future blog post. In brief, the figures show that the fare increases, combined with the lack of service improvements (notably the ongoing delay of the Stage 2 timetables) is continuing to stunt patronage growth. Overall AM peak patronage has decreased by 1.5%, and even the previously high growth Gold Coast Line has lost 5.5% of passengers in the last year. Overall PM peak patronage has marginally increased by 1.2%, less than population growth. The only notable positive news from the passenger load survey is that overcrowding has decreased on the Caboolture and Ipswich Lines after the stage 1 timetable changes.