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« on: March 27, 2015, 12:47:57 pm »
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Free Bus Passes for Pensioners Act
1. Every person over the age of 65 shall be eligible for a free bus pass.
2. The scheme shall also cover usage of subway systems in cities where this applies.
3. The bus passes will only be eligible in the North East region.
4. The assembly shall provide an initial budget of $300m to fund this scheme.

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2015, 05:49:24 pm »
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This scheme would give over 65s a free bus pass to enable them to travel around without having to use a car - this would help reduce the number of cars on the roads and hopefully boost the local economy by more elderly people travelling to shopping centres via buses (for example).

This scheme will be expanded to subway systems, where this applies.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015, 03:15:15 am »
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Will it be means tested?
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2015, 12:04:54 pm »
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I support this proposal in principle, however, I would prefer to see passes issued only to seniors who actually need the free pass.

I do not believe seniors who can afford these fares should be subsidized by taxpayers.

There should be a cut off income in order to be eligible for free passes.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2015, 12:43:49 pm »
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I support this, but our bus system is unreliable and sparse in many parts of our region, so I worry that the incentive, while good, might not be enough to actually get pensioners to take the bus. Maybe we can add this on to the mass transit expansion bill?
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2015, 08:55:24 am »
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Will it be means tested?
I support this proposal in principle, however, I would prefer to see passes issued only to seniors who actually need the free pass.

I do not believe seniors who can afford these fares should be subsidized by taxpayers.

There should be a cut off income in order to be eligible for free passes.
I'm happy to have an income cut off, however a lot over 65s would be retired - and wouldn't be earning much money as a result. I'm going to say $30,000 p/a, as a starting point, for a free bus pass. I'm willing to move that figure around.

I support this, but our bus system is unreliable and sparse in many parts of our region, so I worry that the incentive, while good, might not be enough to actually get pensioners to take the bus. Maybe we can add this on to the mass transit expansion bill?
I'm happy to add this to the mass transit expansion bill.
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