21 Feb '12, 11pm

Increase bus capacity - what is going on?

The Government is setting aside $1.1 billion in the budget to pay for 550 buses and the cost of operating them for 10 years. A news report suggested that they will be "persuading" the bus operators to increase their bus frequency and service levels. I do not know why the Government is giving so much money to profit-making bus operators and still have to "persuade" them. It will also be difficult to regulate the fares, to reflect the funding given by the tax payers and achieve the "revenue neutral" approach stated in the news article. The news article could be wrong but it could also be right. So far, there is no official announcement from the Government on how the money will be used. This type of communication, through leaked news reports had been adopted in the past to test the public reaction. It is better for the Government to use the $1.1 billion budget to set up a bus...

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