Train trip from suburbs to city ‘to cost $15 in 2014’
A one-way train trip from Richlands to the CBD will cost almost $15 in 2014* according to a leaked state government strategy document.
The shock figure was revealed at yesterday’s Brisbane City Council meeting by public transport chairman Julian Simmonds, who quoted an internal Translink document projecting big increases in all public transport fares in the next few years. The current fare from Richlands to the city is $4.14.
“Translink has announced a five-year fare strategy to continue to build the public transport network and wind back the Government’s subsidies for public transport,” he said.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said this increase in fares would deter families from using Brisbane’s public transport, instead opting to drive.
“Since 2003 the cost of fares has increased by 117 percent,” he said.
“But what is concerning is that in three years to come, between now and 2014, we are going to see a 15 percent proposed fare increase each year.”
Cr Quirk said he feared the price hike would limit the growth and improvement in other forms of public transport, such as Citycats.
Both councillors took aim at the state government over the projected fare hikes.
“It is the Labor state government who is responsible for public transport,” Cr Simmonds said.
According to the last TransLink annual report fare increases and subsidy decreases are necessary to achieve financial sustainability.
“These fare increases will enable TransLink to continue to roll out services to meet growing demand, whilst gradually reducing state subsidies to a more sustainable level,” the report said.
Asked to comment on the Council claims, transport minister Annastacia Palaszczuk did not deny the scale of the increases. She issued a statement that for every one dollar spent in fares in south-east Queensland, the government invested another three.
“We’ve added 110,000 weekly bus seats in 2010/11 and, next Monday, the Queensland government will deliver another 100,000 when the eastern busway is officially opened for business,” she said.
“Instead of picking on a successful and growing bus service, the Brisbane City Council should take a long look at their CityCycle scheme, which has seen a sharp decline with more than two-thirds of the bikes sitting unused in April.”
*CORRECTION: Newsbytes has been advised that Cr Simmonds was referring to a return trip, not one-way. We apologise for the error.