WRONG Mike!Correction to above Mike
"they cost an arm and a leg to use because they are probably not subsidised by the govt", there is a very large difference between who runs a service with no external funding and those who do.
The lack of advocacy is likely because of the very difference demographic spread of the two states.
Most of the SA population lives within a 90min drive of Adelaide. Only a few smaller communities are beyond this and the size of those communities doesn't support RPT in most ground based RPT in most cases.
Thanks for the clarification, my intention was to say the sparse regional buses are NOT likely subsidised by the government.
It's the chicken and the egg story, you cannot get good PT unless you get a socially progressive government that's actually interested in PT and with the advocacy of The Overland by the SA Opposition leader, perhaps there's finally some long overdue thinking in this regard in SA.
Assuming RPT is rapid public transport. Most public transport by the distance it operates in Victoria is not rapid, but it's frequent and relatively affordable.
The regional buses in SA ARE SUBSIDISED by by the SA Government, they could not run otherwise.
I live in a country town serviced by a subsidised bus, which I have used sometimes having to share the ride with another passenger.
It is quite obvious that you look over your left (wing) shoulder when you view South Australia.
The last time I checked, with a view to taking a PT holiday is regional SA, the fares were expensive, the services infrequent and it was all a bit too hard to organise. For example:
Melbourne to Mt Gambier - 426Km.
Adelaide to Mt Gambier - 434 Km.
WRONG, Steam for Ian.
V/Line's one way fare, Melbourne to Mt Gambier is Adult: $51.60, Concession, $25.80 or free with 4 return journey vouchers a year.
Stateliner's one way fare, Adelaide to Mt Gambier is Adult: $85.20, Concession, $42.60. Don't know if SA gets free travel vouchers.
Moreover with V/Line, a day return journey to Mt Gambier is available and a regional train journey (SA used to have regional trains) is a part of the experience.
So YES...left wing or not, our progressive Labor government clearly provides a far better service to one of SA's biggest regional cities.
Admittedly these days, I work from home or anywhere with an Internet connection, therefore travelling on SA regional buses, though nowhere near as comfortable as travelling by train, it's doable because time isn't against me anymore.