State government annual reports season ended up hitting late this year due to the election.
It’s usually in September, but this year everything got tabled in Parliament late on Wednesday.
I usually like to browse through the V/Line and PTV reports for interesting factoids…
Here are some things I noticed during a quick skim.
20.8 million trips, up about 1.5 million in a year. No wonder the trains are crowded. All of the increase is on rail; coach trips are slightly down to 1.3 million, and account for only about 6% of all trips.
They sold 2 million paper tickets (used for coaches and trains outside the Myki area), so that might mean that around 90% of V/Line trips are on Myki, though some paper tickets would presumably cover multiple (eg return) trips.
Compensation paid doubled to $157K – and that’s “compulsory compensation”, so presumably not voluntarily, but related to ongoing (worsening?) poor performance.
Farebox is up to $102m, but full fares are down 5% to 62%. The subsidy per passenger increased slightly to $23.93
V/Locity carriages increased by 27 as locomotives decreased by 10 – apart from newer trains being hopefully more reliable, the move to Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) over time should help cut costs, as there’s none of the messy shunting the loco when terminating each service
Geelong line patronage up an amazing 115% in the past 4 years
Trespasser incidents up from 589 to 908, but this is attributed to better reporting rather than increased occurrences
It’s interesting to read the summary of staff numbers. Out of 1915 Full-Time Equivalents), the frontliners are: 301 station staff, 289 conductors, 379 train drivers, and just 9 Authorised Officers
Metropolitan trips 565 million for 4.8 million population… I make that 117.7 trips per person per year
Regional trips 33.3 million for 1.5 million = 22.2 trips per person per year; perhaps no surprise that it’s lower, but it makes me think a lot more needs to be done to improve regional town services, where public transport can compete more against car trips.
Metropolitan services fare recovery 30%
… but total fare receipts are on the rise: 2018 $917m, 2017 $871m, 2016 $814m, 2015 $845m, 2014 $806m, 2013 $604m. (Next time some bright spark suggests making public transport free, ask them where the $917m in revenue will come from instead if there are no fares.)
Payments to operators of $1.4b to MTM (Metro), $0.3b to KDR (Yarra Trams), $2b for the dodgy state government Capital Assets Charge for rail infrastructure (there’s no equivalent road charge) and $1b for bus services.
(As I understand it, MTM and KDR also get 40% each of the metropolitan fare revenue, so it appears to mean the trams come close to breaking even, despite all the Free Tram Zone free rides.)
Nothing in the reports leapt out at me as a gotcha reveal, but things are so busy that I’ve only had time to skim.
And among the other 115 reports released on Wednesday, the VicTrack report is also out… I haven’t read that yet.
Anybody else spot anything interesting?