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Even when I had a car I used the bus when going into town. No parking worries and on the whole just as quick when you know the schedules. :wink::wink:

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Just been on one of the buses in town and have seen that they are once again increasing the fares.

 

One mintue the bus company is celebrating they are having record numbers of people using the buses, then the next they are punishing people for using the bus by increasing the fares.

 

They used to say traveling by bus was for poor people, now you've gotta be rich to travel around.

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the rise i suspect is due to fuel, although I note oil has dropped by $20. Will they come back down then? Doubt it.

 

Woudl like more cross town busses so you dont have to change. they do allready but they then change number at the interchange. Varies each day unfortunately.

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when I used to use the bus at 18, the ride to town was 30p

and a pint of beer was ?1.10

 

I used the bus last week to go to town ?1.40 its only a mile and half.

 

so by the rate of inflation on these two items increasing at the rate the bus fare has incresed a pint should be ?5+

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The problem is, there has been no real commitment to public transport, just green spin. :roll: For example: Legion quotes the difference in price of a bus ticket and a pint of beer; it would make sense to tax beer and other commodities that arn't good for folk, in order to subsidise bus fares and other things that are good for you. :? Bus/train travel could easily be made FREE for all, by transfering the huge taxes they are making out of motorists into public transport subsidies - this would tend to de-congest our roads too - or is that too much like common sense?! :roll::wink:

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when I used to use the bus at 18, the ride to town was 30p

and a pint of beer was ?1.10

 

I used the bus last week to go to town ?1.40 its only a mile and half.

 

so by the rate of inflation on these two items increasing at the rate the bus fare has incresed a pint should be ?5+

 

Therefore it's cheaper to buy a litre of fuel than to travel by bus.

 

NOT much incentive then.

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The problem is, there has been no real commitment to public transport, just green spin. :roll: For example: Legion quotes the difference in price of a bus ticket and a pint of beer; it would make sense to tax beer and other commodities that arn't good for folk, in order to subsidise bus fares and other things that are good for you. :? Bus/train travel could easily be made FREE for all, by transfering the huge taxes they are making out of motorists into public transport subsidies - this would tend to de-congest our roads too - or is that too much like common sense?! :roll::wink:

 

Some years ago in The Socialist Republic of Sheffield, bus journeys were as good as free.

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the rise i suspect is due to fuel, although I note oil has dropped by $20. Will they come back down then? Doubt it.

 

Last fares rise* was around eleven months ago. Price of fuel is still above the rate it was at then, even if it has come down a bit in the past week or two. They have probably been absorbing the cost increase for the past few months, or else hedging the cost of fuel.

 

If you use the bus to commute, I'd heartily recommend looking into getting a season ticket. You can also use them for popping into town at the weekend.

 

* Walk-on single/return fares.

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Depending on the time of day, it is likely that most people using buses don't actually pay...hence the increase in passenger numbers.

 

For which bus companies are recompensed by the council - you are referring to the free National Concessionary Travel scheme for over 60s. Is it about a flat fare of 60p per passenger they receive? Should it be more so that full-fare paying passengers don't have to shoulder as much of the fare burden? :wink:

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Some years ago in The Socialist Republic of Sheffield, bus journeys were as good as free.

 

It used to be 2p for any journey within the GMT boundaries in Manchester.

 

Personally, I have no desire to use a bus on a regular basis. I find that they do not go to the places I want to go and the route I want to take. I guess if I was going to town and didn't plan on spending anything so that I wouldn't need to carry anything home; they would be handy!

 

I do take taxis but I prefer to drive.

 

Just an opinion

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Took my first bus journey in decades the other day - really enjoyed it! :lol: No worries re parking, no road rage and providing you know your routes/links - fairly efficient. :wink:

Have you qualified for your free bus pass already?

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