And how useful are those to the average traveller? There is no sense in restricting benefits to certain groups.
*Concession fares should be abolished (increase welfare spending)
*Minor fares should be free in metro areas, about half price for regional
*Fares should be set to enable cost recovery, with a distance based pricing structure
Eliminating concession fares and moving the benefit to welfare is the fairest way of doing things, that does not discriminate against those with no PT access.
The complete lack of coverage of opex (only 25-30%) and capex (nothing) from PT revenue is why it is ignored by government.
Road revenue covers both opex and capex of new roads, hence it is not a money pit, and this is why government is more willing to invest.
With V/Line - Full fare users (64%) get the biggest government subsidised fares compare to Concession users (34%).
Concession users do not get the biggest government subsidised fares - here is an example:
Melbourne to Bendigo = $11.80 a day if buy a 70 days pass or which equals to $82.60 a week
Let say a person only travel 5 days a week - Melbourne to Bendigo $82.60 / 5 =$16.52 a day = $8.26 for one trip - not bad
compare to a concession user - normally can't buy a 28 pass, let alone a 70 day pass because of financial hardship pays:
myki money - Peak
Cost of a single Fare----------$13.80
Cost of a Daily Fare-----------$27.60
myki money - Off Peak *
Cost of a single Fare------$9.66
Cost of a Daily Fare-------$19.32
Most people on the V/Line trains in peak time - will have a pass and which get biggest government subsidized of all the fares in Victoria.
Worst case is this commuter club and which get a discount on a discount.
If you want to be fair and then state government must end this - before takeaway concession fares.