From next Monday, Dublin Bus will begin charging passengers to wait at bus stops around the city, in another strategic move to make public transport even more expensive than ever before.
Dublin Bus are hoping that by making the service more expensive year on year, that many people will be forced to walk for miles into work each day. This will mean less passenger numbers on buses and will drastically help cut the costs of the state owned company, especially with regard to fuel expenses.
Dublin Bus have decided to charge people for waiting at the stops, as they claim that it is in many respects a form of parking and people should be expected to pay to avail of the service.
Various rates will be introduced, with stops that have a shelter provided costing passengers more – however people will still be free to stand outside the shelter in the rain to be eligible to pay the lower rate.
It is hoped that these new measures will help streamline the service. Less passengers will mean a better running time on the routes and should help the company reduce the overall size of it’s fleet.
They also claim that the reason for forcing people off public transport will help address the growing problem of obesity in the country. Getting more people active and forcing them to walk, they claim will have positive impacts on the health of the public.
Forcing people to pay to wait at the stops, along with the increased fares, will also ensure that people have less money each month for food, which is also another key strategic move from government to help the public cut down on it’s calorie intake.