Would you prefer cheaper public transport fares or better services?
Would you prefer cheaper public transport fares or better services? Renee Pilcher

Your say: We want cheaper fares not more services

WE want cheaper fares, not more services.

That's the general consensus from the Sunshine Coast to the State Government question on how to spend the $30 million a year in savings from the abolition of the carbon tax.

Rail commuter Jeff Addison said a proposed 5% reduction in fares would help commuters afford the "highest public transport fares in the country".

Mr Addison said no more services were possible on the choked line in any case.

"Most people I have spoken to would rather have lower fares," he said.

"It is something everyone will receive. We can't get more train services until they duplicate the line and new trains are not due to 2016 to 2018.

"We have the dearest fares in the nation by a country mile.

"Anything that could alleviate that would be good."

A 5% fare reduction would mean a saving of $6.68 a week on Mr Addison's daily return journey from Palmwoods to Roma Street.

"That is $320 a year, or $350 a year from Nambour, and when you look at it that way, it is certainly worthwhile," he said.

Bus commuter Trevor Rudd, who lives in Maroochydore, also said he would prefer cheaper fares.

"We are all struggling with the cost of things," he said..

"As it is, a lot of people don't use the bus so more services wouldn't help."

Sunshine Coast Business Council chair Sandy Zubrinich said her personal choice was cheaper fares.

"When more services are really needed, they would be addressed in any event,'' she said. "A bit of money back in the pocket would certainly help."

Chamber of Commerce Alliance Sunshine Coast president Michael Shadforth said better services, not cheaper fares, would spark a greater use of public transport.

"Better frequency, more location and better connectivity would be the difference," he said.

Mr Addison said commuters had until September 14 to register their preference on Translink's website, www translink.com.au.


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