Australian passenger rail use nose dives

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 22 Nov 2021 07:51
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Interestingly I thought the 18.7% lower than the same time last year might have been a lot higher.

Australian passenger rail use nose dives

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

18.7% lower than the same period last year, 70.5% lower than pre-Covid levels for the equivalent period.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
What a profound revelation.
I would have thought that passenger traffic in Victoria would have shown a far greater drop in numbers than the ACT. Percentages are utterly useless in comparisons of this nature.
How much is she paid to inform us all of such rubbish?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The percentages sound realistic to me. Melbourne was locked down for practically the whole of the period in both years, but this year has seen heavier restrictions in Sydney for most of that time.


But this is the Australasian Railway Organisation we are talking about, an organisation responsible for so many own goals that Soccer Australia send them an invoice for membership every year.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
18.7% lower than the same period last year, 70.5% lower than pre-Covid levels for the equivalent period.
justapassenger

That is substantial
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
The percentages sound realistic to me. Melbourne was locked down for practically the whole of the period in both years, but this year has seen heavier restrictions in Sydney for most of that time.


But this is the Australasian Railway Organisation we are talking about, an organisation responsible for so many own goals that Soccer Australia send them an invoice for membership every year.
justapassenger
Working mostly from home is also becoming common too.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
And how is this newsworthy at all?

People are locked up and cannot travel.

Public transport usage declines.

What an extraordinary turn of events.

Should heave been headline news in the Stupid Daily, Sydney Moaning Herod or Daily Terrorgraph, not hidden away on Page 87.

Media must be desperate for some fillers between the ads.

Happy binging,

John P
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Working mostly from home is also becoming common too.
speedemon08
Yes, definitely going to be some part of the lost passengers who will not be returning for that reason.

The travel restrictions at various times may have also prompted others to consider different methods and finding them better than the train.

Whatever the reason, a fair chunk of the lost passengers will either not return or will only partially return (e.g. going to the office on selected days only) and there will be some years of normal growth in passenger numbers before they return to 2019 levels.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

18.7% lower than the same period last year, 70.5% lower than pre-Covid levels for the equivalent period.

That is substantial
bevans
Pre-covid Katoomba NSW was seeing just on 1 million paasengers per year. Post covid down to 385,000. Mainly caused by lack of o/s tourists.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
In other news, the sky is blue and the sun is hot.

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Little to no oversees tourists.

Little to no foreign students.

Little to no backpackers travelling here from abroad.

Large percentage of Melbourne and Sydney working from home, in particular the sort of people who would usually commute on the train.

Older Australians (read: pensioners) who would usually travel by PT and are much more susceptible to COVID 19 are much more careful about travelling. Ie: they are electing to limit travel, and are perhaps driving where before they would have taken the train to eliminate the risk of transmission.


There are many more reasons why passenger numbers are down. You don't need a PHD to see that.

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