The bus rides that cost $100 a seat

Sunday Mail - - FRONT PAGE - ADAM LANGENBERG

TAXPAYERS are pay­ing at least $100 a pas­sen­ger on about 10 South Aus­tralian bus ser­vices as the State Govern­ment pre­pares to cut its least pa­tro­n­ised routes.

Al­most 100 ser­vices cost more than $50 a pas­sen­ger to op­er­ate, with the Govern­ment only re­coup­ing 20-25 per cent of its bus ex­pen­di­ture in fare rev­enue across all ser­vices.

The Govern­ment will not re­veal ex­actly which routes are the most ex­pen­sive un­til it de­ter­mines which ones it will dis­con­tinue, while spe­cific costs have been deemed com­mer­cial in con­fi­dence be­cause of a ten­der for bus ser­vices go­ing out next year.

The fig­ures fol­low The Ad­ver­tiser’s anal­y­sis of Trans­port Depart­ment data pin­point­ing 19 bus routes with few pas­sen­gers, the ma­jor­ity of which run in the Ade­laide Hills.

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