ACTION’s Performance and Costs Worsen

According to the Government’s Half Yearly Performance Report, ACTION costs have soared and on-time performance has fallen to the worst in recent history, said the Shadow Minister for Transport, Alistair Coe.

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).

“These figures indicate a rocky start for the new Greens Minister and show he has a lot of work to do in bringing about value for money and a bus service that Canberrans expect,” Mr Coe said today.

“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.

“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,” Mr Coe concluded.