Porter railing against Queensland Rail price lift

A QUEENSLAND Rail porter has joined a chorus of people lashing out at the latest round of public transport price rises, saying it was "an embarrassment to sell tickets that expensive".

"You just feel ashamed to work for QR, really," the worker, who did not want to be named, said.

"Even though it's not QR, really, it's Mr Newman's fault. We cop all the backlash from people that are outraged at the prices, not him."

A 7.5% fare hike began earlier this month.

Are the Queensland Rail price rises justified?

This poll ended on 18 January 2015.

Current Results

Yes, if you don't like it, buy a car

1%

Yes, if the cost goes up the price goes up

5%

No, the service has gotten worse and more people use it

13%

No, public transport should cost less to lessen traffic problems

79%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The price rise was the last step of the former Labor Government's five annual price rises. It was originally set to jump 15%.

Public transport advocate Robert Dow, of Rail Back on Track, said the increase would not help anyone.

"We need to encourage people on public transport ," he said.

"Unless the fares are made affordable and equitable from the first journey to the last journey, we're not going to get the patronage we need for the overall public benefit."

But he said one thing was clear: no one should use a paper ticket. "The paper tickets are horrendously expensive compared to Go Cards."

A spokeswoman for Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Newman Government had delivered its promise to halve Labor's on-going 15% fare hikes.



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