Thursday, April 23, 2009

Australia may be first nation with free public transport

The fare-free movement in Australia is gaining momentum. It is hard to keep up with all the changes. In the last several months there has been much debate and even more action. Free public transport has been established in cities and territories for students and seniors. But now, New South Wales is considering making it free for all riders. And in the latest news Northern Territory is also considering the same. Bus Industry Confederation Chairman Scott Grenda has suggested it be tried nationwide.

When public transport is free for all riders, a sudden jump in the benefits is realized. The costs of collecting, tracking, and enforcing fares all go away. Further, as usage increases, there will be demand for more frequency of service. Also, the public, with this common investment in the common good will demand expert and accountable management of transport.

This is a chance for Australia to leap ahead in economic and environmental success.

[see also the new blog: Fare-Free Australia]

1 comment:

Stop Murdoch said...

Gidday Cobbers!

While there are some Australians who are enthusiastic about free public transport, most elected representatives (at least in Queensland - the state in which I live) are beholden to the road lobby:

They um and ah about even giving pensioners free travel - while people are given free tickets to travel to and from the football.

BTW, media concentration is a real problem in this country - News Ltd (the neoconservative propaganda arm) own 70% of our papers (and most of our football teams!). They are the wolf in sheep's clothing - so be extremely cautious about any "news" gleaned from their publications, as well as any approaches by their so called journalists. Their tactic is to commandeer the issue and sell it out.

You have plenty of supporters in the real world of Australia - so keep up the good work!