After the NSW government expanded the peak hours and changed the preferential rules, the cost of taking the Sydney bus has soared by more than 10%.
According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in the three months to December, the consumer price index for Sydney urban transport rose by 12%.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said that the New South Wales Government’s suspension of reducing discounts on Sydney off-peak fares was the main factor leading to the increase in CPI.
But it also expanded peak hours and increased the amount of time commuters had to pay higher fees each day.The government said in June that these changes mean that nearly 6% of daily trips will be limited by price increases during peak hours.
Matthew Honsel, a transportation expert at the University of Science and Technology, said that the government needs to consider modifying fares after the epidemic to encourage people to return to public transportation.
He said: "They really need to adjust the peak hours again, because the peak surcharge is designed to reduce the congestion of public transportation, not to increase the tax collected by the government."
"If it is not crowded, they need to consider shortening this period in order to encourage people to come back."
But Transport Minister Andrew Constance said that despite the increase in CPI, there is no immediate plan to increase travel discounts.Mr. Constance said he expects that in the next few months, passenger traffic may increase by 75% of pre-pandemic levels.
He said: "People still choose to use cars instead of public transportation, which is possible during the pandemic."
Mr. Constance said that transportation in New South Wales caused a “huge” blow to revenue during the pandemic and deliberately sought to keep fares at an affordable level.
He said: "We must realize that taxpayers have already subsidized operations very heavily and will continue. Eventually, when we have a better understanding of the spread of the epidemic, taxpayers will begin to gradually get out of trouble. ."
A spokeswoman for the Transport for New South Wales said that the three-month discount reduced the average city transport cost in the September quarter and offset the latest increase.
Opposition transportation spokesman Chris Minns said the government needs to address the issue of rising fares to reduce private car congestion on the roads.
He said: "The government continues to disrupt public transportation, forcing more commuters to enter toll roads."
"The government's latest public transport fare changes include extending peak hours by three hours a day."
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