|Too expensive to purchase?|
From May 6th 2013, the minimum cost of a go card will be increased to $15, with a $10 deposit to deter the amount of go card rorting. However, with CBD to Airport journeys costing $16, and a peak single from Gympie to Central costing $20.91, then the system can still be rorted, just not by quite as much.
Whilst steps need to be taken against fare evasion. BrizCommuter has a few concerns that the go card price hike may further deter the purchase of go cards by infrequent, or potentially new public transport users. Whilst, Melbourne has successfully abolished paper tickets, SE Queensland is still languishing behind with 20th century paper ticketing for occasional users. It should be noted that Melbourne's Myki card only has a deposit (purchase cost) of $6, that's $4 less than the go card's new price. It also seems odd that nothing has been about the rorting of the ill-thought out 9 journeys then free policy, which can be rorted by longer distance commuters taking short trips in their lunch break. How much is this costing the tax payer?
Of course, it could also be argued that maybe if SE Queensland's train fares were more sensible (especially Airtrain) then passengers may be less inclined to rort the system?
I hate it when people call this "rorting the system". It's public transport for crying out loud, the government *should* be subsidising it.ReplyDelete
It's cheaper to buy a new card for every trip, doesn't that indicate there's something wrong with the system rather than the people using it?
Going by what was mentioned in the Translink Review, the government is already subsidising the current public transport service by just over 75%.Delete
But I agree with your second point, there is an issue with the current system we have. The reason why the costs are so high is because the network is inefficient.
The review was supposed to help fix that, but due to politics and a small vocal minority, it looks like nothing will be done about it.
The fact that they won't fix the system is quite disheartening. It definitely needs to be made simpler and cheaper but alas, common sense doesn't seem to be used here. Even trying to fix the loophole isn't being done. The deposit on the card must be the same as the maximum fare on the network.ReplyDelete
Buy a card for $10 deposit and $5 credit.
Use the $5 credit such that the card has say $1 credit left.
Travel to the airport and not use the card again.
Total cost of trip to airport is $11 which is still cheaper than the $15.
If you did this twice a day each day you would save $40 per week.