Sydney’s Haunted Trams: New $ 3 Billion Light Rail Carries Just 10 Passengers Per Minute In Year One – Just A Quarter Of Expected Numbers For ‘Project Failed’
- Sydney Light Rail transported only 10 passengers per minute for the first year of operation
- The NSW government subsidized the risk of lower tariff revenues for the taxpayers
- Labor spokesman Chris Minns said the railroad is a ‘failed project’
Sydney’s disastrous light rail line delivered just 10 passengers per minute in its first year, after construction costs hit $ 3 billion.
Since the entire line opened on April 3, it has been used so sparingly that the NSW government will be forced to subsidize it.
There were 4.45 million trips on the Randwick line and 4.55 million on the Kingsford line in the first year, a dismal 28 percent of the 31.4 million predicted trips.
Sydney Light Rail carried only 10 passengers per operational minute in the first year
The NSW government has assigned the risk of reduced fare revenues from the Sydney Light Rail to the taxpayers
Both lines transported an average of 10 passengers per minute in the first year – below the maximum capacity of 225 people per minute.
Commuters opted for buses instead, with 289 jumps per minute and 336 per minute for trains.
Labor spokesman Chris Minns said the $ 3 billion system is a “failed project.”
‘Almost every part of this project has failed and now the people of Sydney are voting with their feet and refusing to use it,’ Mr Minns told the Daily telegram
“Getting into a contract whereby taxpayers have to subsidize this failed project is a monstrous misuse of tax money.”
Even government ministers criticize Transport Secretary Andrew Constance for how few people use it.
“A great idea for an incentive that wouldn’t cost us a dollar is to provide free transportation on your light rail,” treasurer Dominic Perrottet told him in parliament.
Labor spokesman Chris Minns said the railroad is a ‘failed project’ (photo: passenger on the light rail)
But Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer of Transport for NSW, argued that the use of the entire transportation network had decreased by 80 percent during the pandemic.
Unlike other countries, Australia does not usually require the operator to achieve a certain level of protection. This is because we want them to be focused on what customers care about, not promoting ticket sales, ”said Mr Collins.
Officials are rushing to increase passenger numbers as the contract puts the ongoing risk of diminished fare revenues right in the pocket of the taxpayer.
Mr Collins said that maintaining a farebox revenue – costs based on distances traveled by customers – meant that transportation services would not suffer if passenger numbers fell.
“We contract carriers to provide a service, with KPIs for on-time cleanliness and overall satisfaction to drive better performance,” he said.
Further, where operators have failed to achieve a patronage objective in overseas markets, the taxpayer may end up paying the bill or services being reduced, which is completely contrary to the concept of public transportation as a social good.
The Transport for NSW customer satisfaction survey in November 2020 showed that 96 percent are satisfied with light rail users.
There were 4.45 million trips on the Randwick line and 4.55 million trips on the Kingsford line in the first year, a dismal 28 percent of the 31.4 million trips originally forecast