Another letter to the Herald

It can be found here.

Unfortunately they didn't publish the entire thing - which is annoying because the modified version sounds like a pipe dream while the full letter is more detailed. Anyway, here it is in its fullness:

Sherrill Nixon's article about the actual costs of public transport raises some intriguing possibilities.

Since rail costs the consumer half as much as driving cars, perhaps we could countenance the possibility of a completely fee-free public transport system that is funded completely by tax revenue.

Imagine if travelling by rail was free - you simply walk into the station, catch a train and walk off at your stop. No tickets, no cars, no accidents blocking traffic.

A pipe-dream? Well, if it costs us less to have a fee-free rail network than to drive around in cars, then I'm all for it.

What the study has shown is that privatization is not always the answer. Maybe some industries should remain in government hands if it ends up costing us all less. Left-wing politicians take careful note.


Anonymous said...

I simply love it.

Matt said...

Public Transport, particularly in a rail form, has NEVER worked well and it has been tried hundreds if not thousands of times.

I don't understand why people insist on flogging a dead horse.

One Salient Oversight said...


Just because you baselessly assert something to be true doesn't make it to be true.

Do the research pal, otherwise you come across as ignorant and stupid.

The first place to look would be the Sydney Morning Herald article I actually refer to. If you'd actually read it you would have discovered that the cost of rail travel in Sydney is half that of the cost of driving a car in Sydney.

God gave you a brain. Use it.