Typical socialists, they always want a subsidy

Why do socialists always think subsidies are a solution?

Keeping the Capital Connection running could cost ratepayers less than previously thought.

An internal Ministry of Transport memo released under the Official Information Act casts doubt on the amount of public money needed to keep the commuter service between Palmerston North and Wellington going.

KiwiRail has said it will cease running the train from July this year and has no plan in place for a replacement service.

For the Capital Connection to continue, the two regional councils – Horizons and Greater Wellington – need to convince the New Zealand Transport Agency to shift the Connection to a Wellington Metro service, which would mean it could receive a subsidy from the two councils and NZTA.

The Ministry of Transport report estimates the cost of the subsidy needed at about $250,000 per annum.

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The report was produced last year as an update for the minister of transport. It summarised and updated information contained in a September 2012 ministry briefing to the minister, entitled Capital Connection: Next Steps.

It calculates that the subsidy of $250,000 per year equated to just $3 per passenger per trip if spread over the 160 passengers who catch the train from north of Waikanae.

Lees-Galloway said this made subsidising the service a no-brainer. The only thing left in the way was that the Capital Connection did not fit into the Government’s transport priorities, he said.

“The subsidy on a per passenger basis is lower than the average for the likes of the Auckland and Wellington metros, which clearly makes it a very good deal for central government.

If it is just $3 per trip for the 160 useless twats who have decided to live hundreds of kilometres away from their place of work then just put the price up.

No need for subsidies.

It is pathetic to even run a service for just 160 people.

How about these 160 public transport bludgers just pay their own way?

Why should ratepayers in Wellington subsidise these bludgers who choose to live in Palmerston North but work in Wellington…in any case Mark lundy proved it isn’t that much of a drive.


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