And this is what Len wants for Auckland?

Len Brown and other useful idiots like Nikki Kaye are pushing hard for extended rail, trams and other expensive things that people won’t travel on. Have a check at the pain Sydney is going through:

BEFORE the government allowed weekly and pensioner transport ticket holders free rides on light rail this year, Sydney’s only tram line was in a slump.

Figures released this week by one of the investors in the light rail company showed patronage on the Central to Lilyfield line fell last financial year, while usage of Sydney’s monorail line has also been tumbling.

The private owner of the two lines, Metro Transport Sydney, does not release its patronage figures. But the annual report of one of Metro’s investors, Australian Infrastructure Fund, described the fall.

In the year to July 2008, there were 6.5 million journeys on both light rail and monorail. But in the year to July this year, there were 5.8 million journeys. In contrast, patronage has grown over the rest of Sydney’s public transport system.

The largest drop has been on the monorail line, which charges $4.90 a trip for every passenger over the age of six. The Australian Infrastructure Fund puts the monorail patronage drop ? more than 4 per cent for two years in a row ? down to a dip in the tourism industry.

…While Metro will not reveal the extent of the patronage increase since then, industry speculation suggests that at least 25 per cent more people are riding the tram line. If the patronage keeps growing, the company will come under pressure to put on more services as trams start to fill up.

However Metro does not have any more trams available to let it increase frequency. It will only buy more trams when the state government has approved and commissioned the delayed extension of the light rail line from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

The government has capped the compensation it will pay to Metro for MyMulti and Pensioner Excursion holders using the line at $2 million a year.

Just like here they bribe the greedy oldies with free travel and then when they take it up in huge numbers they cap the subsidies for the operators.

Any service that needs a subsidy to operate should be closed down, it is clearly unprofitable.