Government rules out review of public transport zoning
Buses in the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Michelle Smith
The Opposition indicated its support for a review, but a spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson flatly ruled out any changes to the Translink zone system .
“We have no current plans to change the number of zones as this would lead to more expensive fares for some and cheaper fares for others,” Mr Emerson's spokesman said.
“Our promise at the election was to halve Labor's fare hikes for everyone.”
Translink fares went up by 7.5 per cent on Monday and will go up by as much again next year, half of what the rises would have been under a Bligh Government strategy introduced in 2009.
Translink, the state body that delivers bus, train and ferry services across southeast Queensland, calculates fares per zone travelled through.
The spokesman said the 23-zone system was put in place in 2004 to bring the 10,000 square kilometre southeast Queensland network under one ticketing system.
It was fully reviewed in 2008 and a number of minor boundary reviews have taken place since to satisfy the department's needs, he said.
However there are minor price discrepancies between zones depending which mode of travel is used.
For instance, a train journey from the CBD to Toowong counts as travel within one zone, while the same journey on a bus counts as travel within two zones.
A single adult ticket for that journey costs $4.80 on a train, but $5.60 on a bus.
After the latest round of fare-hikes, train travel is Brisbane is now more expensive per kilometre than in Sydney and Melbourne.
- additional reporting by Tony Moore