According to the Government’s “Half Yearly Performance Report”, Coe says the cost per passenger boarding has risen to $7.05 (up 10 per cent from the expected $6.43) and the subsidy has grown to 84 per cent. Despite costs increasing, the percentage of buses operating on-time is now just 67 per cent (down from an expected 85 per cent).
“At this rate, the ACTION budget will blow-out by a further $3 million bringing the total cost of the annual subsidy to a $107 million,” says Coe.
“These figures indicate that despite costs going up and up, services contintue to get worse and worse.
“Whilst the ACT Green/Labor Government claim that public transport is a priority for them, these statistics show that they’re unable to manage the network.”