Should it be?And one last thing, The Vinelander what do diesel trains run on?
VLine trains in any situation due to being government owned and run are classed as an essential service, which means oil for trains gets priority over oil for cars.
There's no reason why the same essential service cannot be the Swan Hill train?
In fact I'd question whether a train is an essential service. Is it just becuase they're liked here that they are?
In fact - classifying it as an essential service condems it to the same fate as the other long-distance pass services, only used by people who can get a substantial discount on the full fare and making it so bad that the people who will pay full fare will pay a premium to avoid it...
There's no shortage of oil, it's just getting expensive.So, any rail operator that is private gets funding becuase it has to? Why?
Airlines, being a private business rely on the market price for oil, and fare revenue to cover all their costs. If an airline charges too much due to whatever reason, then it's bye-bye airline.
And freight doesn't, and the state government as far as I could tell only operated country rail services... The rest are privately owned...
Rail fares for the past five years have only increased by the CPI, every January, along with every other state government charge.