- Brisbane has the world's 3rd most expensive train fares for a 5km adult single peak journey
- Brisbane has the world's 2nd most expensive bus fares for a 5km adult single peak journey
- Brisbane has the world's most expensive maximum daily fares for multiple 5km adult bus and train journeys due to complete lack of daily ticketing options
- Brisbane has the world's 5th to 6th most expensive weekly fares for multiple (10+) 5km adult peak train journeys
- Brisbane has the world's most expensive 5km single journeys without a refund policy if delays occur
- Brisbane has a relatively poor train frequency, and thus train fares are poor value for money
- Brisbane's off-peak train and bus fares are more expensive than anywhere in North America and Asia, as well as being more expensive than peak fares in Auckland and Perth
- Brisbane's fare structure is skewed against short distance journeys, and favours environmentally unsustainable longer journeys
- Brisbane's "9 journeys then free" cap can be easily rorted by longer distance commuters
- Brisbane's morning peak fare period bizarrely starts at 2am!
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So what ideas can BrizCommuter give to the car-obsessed Queensland Government and competence-challenged TransLink to make Brisbane's public transport more attractive?
- Stop the fare increases until Brisbane is more in line with it's peer cities
- Decrease the base fare rate (zone 1) to make shorter journeys cheaper
- Introduce a daily zone based fare capping option in line with it's peer cities, that cannot be rorted by long distance commuters
- Introduce a weekly zone based fare capping option (or alternative periodical fare option) that cannot be rorted by longer distance commuters
- The morning peak fare period should be based on journey finishing time (e.g. 7am to 9:15am) instead of journey start time (e.g 2am to 9am)
- Improve peak train frequencies to be as high as reliably possible with frequent timetable reviews (note: Queensland Rail / TransLink's stage 2 train timetable update due in 2011, is now not expected until late 2013 - absolutely disgraceful!)
- Improve off-peak train frequencies to every 15 minutes across the inner-suburban Queensland Rail (QR) network on weekdays and weekends
- Expand the frequent and simplified bus network to all main transport corridors
- Consider some consolidating of fare zones
- Purchase required software modules for the above required functionality
Of course, you cannot get anything for free. How can the Queensland Government and TransLink afford to lower fares and improve public transport?
- Increased fare box revenue as passengers are attracted back to public transport by improved fares and services
- Reduce inefficiencies and wastage - looking at you Queensland Rail and Brisbane City Council/Brisbane Transport (Maroon CityGlider, cough, cough!) Could privatisation of Queensland Rail and Brisbane Transport be a solution?
- Note: An attractive 7 days per week 15 minute off-peak on inner-suburban lines would cost less than 10% of QR's current budget, even with guards!
- Eliminate train guards - however this would require roll-out of ATP, or ERTMS signalling across SE Queensland's rail network which would require government spending
- Further review the bus network for increased attractiveness and efficiency - the current review is a start, but does not go far enough in creating an efficient trunk and feeder network
- Redirect funds from poor value for money road projects to public transport - yes, roads are subsidised too!
- A huge change in attitude from politicians from road-centric policy and urban sprawl development to more environmentally sustainable transportation and urban design - don't hold your breath on this one with either side in politics!
In future blog posts BrizCommuter is planning on looking at weekly/periodical options from multiple public transport smart card systems, as well as car vs train costs and subsidy.
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