Australian Province Considers Free Transit

The government of New South Wales is considering a plan to remove fares for public transit.
April 28, 2009, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Government is doing extensive modelling to make ticket prices fairer for outer suburban commuters, whether or not the free transport move goes ahead."

"If public transport were to be completely free it would cost the Government about $1 billion a year."

"However, fare revenue only covers just more than a quarter of the $3.8 billion total cost of operating public transport."

"The move could save hundreds of millions in staffing costs, ticket-machine operations and abolish the trouble-plagued smartcard."

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Published on Monday, April 20, 2009 in The Daily Telegraph
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