The Council have admitted that the initial sales of use any operator “all York” tickets totalled only 10,000 after the first quarter.
£25,000 of Council taxpayers money was used to publicise the facility. The £5 a day ticket has therefore enjoyed a 50% subsidy from taxpayers.
Around 16 million bus journeys are made in York each year.
Labour Councillors had gone to ridiculous lengths to prevent the sales figure being made public.
We understand that “All York” ticket sales have now dropped off.
The principle of having a “go anywhere, use any bus operator” ticket has wide support.
However the system, introduced by Labour, was clearly not thought through. They should have waited until a “smart card” option was available.
We now understand that “a ride around for £1 deal on bus transport for all young people of York” may also be launched shortly. We hope that this project has been more thoroughly audited to ensure that no additional burden falls on taxpayers
NB. The Council has yet to announce whether it will be bidding for government support from the “Green Bus Fund”. Bids have to be with the DpT by 26th March 2013.
The fund subsidises the introduction of low and zero emission buses.