Re­duce price of stand­ing tick­ets

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The rail­way com­pany in­formed me­dia out­lets early this week that cur­rently no change in the prices of stand­ing tick­ets is on the ta­ble de­spite the long-stand­ing wide pub­lic calls for a re­duc­tion. More­over, the ex­cuses from the com­pany sound in­deed ground­less, says an ar­ti­cle in Guizhou City News. Ex­cerpts:

In fact, the cost of seats is a fixed cost even if stand­ing tick­ets are not for sale, so the rail­way com­pany has to spend the same whether it sells stand­ing tick­ets or not. There­fore, the rev­enue from stand­ing tick­ets is ex­tra rev­enue rather than cov­er­ing in­crease of such cost.

But at the same time, the qual­ity of ser­vice, with re­gard of com­fort and safety lev­els, are dif­fer­ent. Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ple of fair­ness, there­fore, the price of a stand­ing ticket should be lower than one for a seat, with the price dif­fer­en­tial sim­i­lar to the dif­fer­ence in price be­tween a ticket for a hard seat and a ticket for a soft seat.

To keep the price of stand­ing tick­ets un­changed, the rail­way com­pany has come up with many ridicu­lous ex­cuses. For ex­am­ple, it has claimed that if the price for stand­ing tick­ets is low­ered, more peo­ple would choose to travel by train, which would not only lead to over­ca­pac­ity, but also en­dan­ger pas­sen­ger safety. How­ever, the num­ber of ex­tra pas­sen­gers is likely to be quite low and the rail­way com­pany could rea­son­ably con­trol the sit­u­a­tion by re­strict­ing the num­ber of stand­ing tick­ets sold dur­ing each sec­tion of the train line.

Con­se­quently, it is not dif­fi­cult to come to the con­clu­sion that the cur­rent train ticket pric­ing is in essence un­fair and is be­ing used by the rail­way com­pany to max­i­mize its prof­its at the cost of pas­sen­gers’ in­ter­ests.

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