Good evening Stuart,
When I heard the idea of making public transport "free" in Sydney, I couldn't stop laughing. The whole idea is just nuts.
The trains are practically full as it is, so I don't know how the MP who came up with the plan expects to be able to carry the extra passengers who would be attracted by the plan, especially when the government would not only lose the billion dollars or thereabouts of revenue from the public transport fares, but also any money they might have otherwise received from drivers paying tolls etc, who would be paying nothing for public transport under the plan.
And if a train breaks down and has to be replaced…which department's budget has to cover that cost? Education? Health? The Premier's limousine service? Probably not the latter.
April 20th, 2009 at 10:00pm