Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1396 ..
5. The online publication date for the 2015-16 Capital Works Program June Quarter Report was 31 August 2016. The report was provided out of session to the Members of the Legislative Assembly on 24 August 2016.
Transport—public transport fares
(Question No 92)
Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 17 February 2017:
(1) What was the process leading to the decision to increase public transport fares in the ACT as from 14 January 2017.
(2) Have public transport fares in the ACT increased above the inflation rate; if so, why.
(3) Who approved the increase in public transport fares.
(4) Why was the announcement about the increase in public transport fares made on 22 December 2016.
(5) How much additional revenue is expected to be generated by the increase in public transport fares.
(6) When will the public transport fares in the ACT next be reviewed.
(7) What is the expected cost of the 12 month trial of free off peak MyWay travel for senior and concession car holders.
(8) How many cash transactions were made on public transport in the ACT in the financial years of (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17 to date.
(9) Is any consideration being given to phasing out cash transactions on public transport in the ACT.
Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The decision to increase public transport fares in the ACT involved TCCS having regard to numerous factors, including:
• The desirability of regular, modest adjustments to fares to reflect rising costs of service provision, rather than larger, adhoc step changes to fares;
• The timing of the previous fare change;
• Consumer Price Index and Wage Price Index increases; and
• The cost of providing ACTION services.
(2) Public transport fares increased in 2017 by an average of 2.7%. This increase is above the estimated CPI and WPI rate for 2016-17, in part due to the requirement to increase cash tickets within 10 cent denominations and increased investment in the bus network.