Travellers slam discrepancy in Ballarat train prices

 
  dean65 Locomotive Driver

Location: Ballarat
"OUTRAGED commuters have slammed the large discrepancies in train fares between Ballarat and Melbourne.
Many still don’t understand why they are being ripped off almost $20 for a return, peak-time journey.
Passengers boarding trains at Ballarat station on Monday said the fare loophole, whereby they save almost $10 if they break each trip at Bacchus Marsh, was “dodgy”, “unfair” and “a rip-off”.
[color=#0c41a4]The Courier revealed on Saturday that a typical, full-fare-paying, peak-time commuter paid almost $20 for a continuous, unbroken trip to Southern [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Cross. [/font][/color]
Peter Gamble, of Ballarat, said fares were already too expensive and he would consider breaking his trip at Bacchus Marsh to save money.
“It’s just unfair really, isn’t it?” Mr Gamble said.
“It doesn’t seem right that the difference is almost $10.”
Another commuter, Kayla Tampion, of Geelong, said the discrepancy was “ridiculous”, but she would not bother breaking her trip at Bacchus Marsh and touching off.
“It’s unbelievable that it’s half the price,” Ms Tampion said. “But I wouldn’t get off at Bacchus Marsh and touch off. It’s a bit of a hassle.”
Public Transport Victoria has said the discrepancy was due to fare changes introduced in January. PTV communications manager Adrian Darwent said travel across zones one and two was charged as a zone one fare, with that also adding to the discrepancy.
Defending PTV, commuter Robert Wiegland, from Germany, said the system was affordable and worked well.
“It’s a good system,” he said.
“It’s great if you can save money, but it’s not that expensive.”
Hundreds of readers took to social media at the weekend to voice their disgust at the fare discrepancy.
Many, like Simon Passalick, said PTV needed to restructure the way it charged commuters.
“Honestly, if the ordinary person did this in the street, they would be in jail,” Mr Passalick wrote on Facebook."

patrick.byrne@fairfaxmedia.com.au

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2887544/travellers-slam-discrepancy-in-ballarat-train-prices/?cs=62

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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
What a joke. Nothing but a very vocal group of cheapskates willing to whinge about anything. If it were cheaper, than they would be complaining that it isn't even cheaper again.

Maybe if they had some idea of the true cost of running their morning train, per passenger, then, maybe then, they might button it for a change.

Seriously, this country is turning into a nation of whingers.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
What a joke. Nothing but a very vocal group of cheapskates willing to whinge about anything. If it were cheaper, than they would be complaining that it isn't even cheaper again.

Maybe if they had some idea of the true cost of running their morning train, per passenger, then, maybe then, they might button it for a change.

Seriously, this country is turning into a nation of whingers.
Gman_86
I think it's more to do with the difference in fares than the actual fares themselves. I don't really think they are asking for a cheaper fare.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
What a joke. Nothing but a very vocal group of cheapskates willing to whinge about anything. If it were cheaper, than they would be complaining that it isn't even cheaper again.

Maybe if they had some idea of the true cost of running their morning train, per passenger, then, maybe then, they might button it for a change.

Seriously, this country is turning into a nation of whingers.
Gman_86

I Couldn't agree more Exclamation

Pack of whingers...I'd like to see these clowns leap off the train at Bacchus Marsh as their fast train races through on the main line at 100 kph....then get on the snail pace push-pull for a few days.

Fares are cheaper than driving and some people want them to be even cheaper...Go over to the UK you slack clowns and see what our friends over there pay to travel similar distances...$$ MEGA $$ more..

Mike.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
You choose to live in Ballarat for the lifestyle / cheaper housing and work in Melbourne, you take your lumps. There was the same issue in Melbourne with the introduction of zones 1, 2, and 3 years ago. From memory people in Box Hill were complaining that commuters from Mont Albert were getting a much cheaper trip - even though you usually had an express from Box Hil and a stopping all stations from MA...

Rick
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I Couldn't agree more Exclamation

Pack of whingers...I'd like to see these clowns leap off the train at Bacchus Marsh as their fast train races through on the main line at 100 kph....then get on the snail pace push-pull for a few days.

Fares are cheaper than driving and some people want them to be even cheaper...Go over to the UK you slack clowns and see what our friends over there pay to travel similar distances...$$ MEGA $$ more..

Mike.
The Vinelander
Or even funnier - watch them leap off at BM to touch off/on (if that's their plan), only to have the doors close on them and the train depart - with smiling passengers who had been standing, now sitting in the seats that they so kindly vacated.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
At least Bacchus Marsh will have a higher rate of passengers according to myki touch on/off results. Expect some grungy old Comeng trains in the near future when they find that "patronage" has gone up tenfold and the wires go up. Laughing

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