Subsidised public transport

1. For public transport, including bus services, to be viable, requires at least optimum passenger numbers.

2. The schedules, reliability, costs, convenience and accessibility of Borders bus services are not (yet) adequate to encourage people to shift from personal cars.

3. The Borders railway seems to indicate that people are not averse to public transport (cf car) if the services are sufficiently attractive and effective.

4. it is my assertion that ALL local/regional public transport should be considered an essential service and should be free at the point of use, with the possible exception of long-distance routes. The costs of this to be borne by government through tax-raising.

5. I'm aware that this is currently too radical for local and natioonal government to contemplate.

6. In the meantime:

- do not in any way reduce or remove the 'entitlement card'/bus pass and do maintain subsidies of operators where the services are economically non-viable. 

- smaller, more frequent vehicles for shorter local routes

- electric vehicles asap.

- only buses with adequate luggage space to be used

- far more conscientious operation of access aids (ramps etc) (currently disgraceful failure to offer these to people who might be helped by them)

Why the contribution is important

Public transport (bus, train) must be considered an essential public service (like health care and education) if environmental/carbon/climate change challenges are to be met.

In a 21st century society that purports to be caring, fair, just and equitable, public transport must be developed and improved...not cut for budget reasons.

by SandyWatson on November 28, 2017 at 10:49AM

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  • Posted by Lee November 28, 2017 at 18:00

    Very much agree with the comments of Sandy Watson.
    I will only add that public transport should be prioritised over cars and that a properly integrated system should be a priority.
    I feel that cycling should be part of any integrated system, and a method of carrying blokes on buses, as happens elsewhere, should be explored
  • Posted by LoveTheBorders November 29, 2017 at 22:57

    I think if public transport could be made more modern and tech savvy like the buses in Edinburgh it would be more appealing
  • Posted by CloudMan December 14, 2017 at 09:32

    Funding to allow bikes to be carried on buses would be very worthwhile as it would increase bus use particularly by tourists
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