Australian Province Considers Free Transit
"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."