Labour’s flat-rate bus tickets

Well, that was quick!

Right after posting this, I hear about Labour’s new transport strategy for Dublin. Here’s the top 3 items:

  • Labour will increase the Dublin Bus fleet by 50% (500 buses), significantly increasing frequency and reducing waiting times.

  • Will complete the Quality Bus Corridors, and greatly reduce journey times.

  • Will introduce a EUR 1 per-trip fare for adults and a 50c per-trip fare for children.

The flat-rate fee structure makes a lot more sense than the confusing and rip-off-ish current model, whereby if you don’t know in advance how much a particular journey is going to cost, you’re given a useless receipt instead of change. This wierd and rip-off-ish policy has certainly stopped me from catching buses in the past. In general, flat-rate pricing models appear to encourage use in other fields. And the increase in the fleet is obviously a fantastic idea. Fantastic stuff!

Read the full policy paper here (as a PDF).

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  1. Brian
    Posted November 28, 2006 at 01:32 | Permalink

    Just passing through planetapache… I wondered, have the papers there picked up on the Flann O’Brien angle? Years ago in his parody column in the Irish Times, he suggested making the Dublin buses free. His reasoning was that the corporation would save money on bus conductors. I seem to recall he also suggested that they’d make the money back on rates, as people would want to live in range of the free buses, instead of spreading into suburbia with their cars. Maybe he wasn’t daft after all… I should invest in top hats with springs in ’em.

  2. Posted November 28, 2006 at 13:48 | Permalink

    Brian — I think they’ve missed that angle alright. interesting! Of course, they’ve long since sacked the conductors, and instead adopted a much less user-friendly “no change given” model, which Flann O’Brien would probably have considered far too brutal to be implementable.

    I still like his book-handling service idea too ;)