No ticket credit for ferry users 

BAY island ferry usersare outraged after ferry operator BayIsland Transit Systems (BITS) said it would not honour ferry tickets withcredit after July 1.
Nanjing Night Net

Flyers from the ferry company said un-used credit on multi-triptickets would not be refunded and only TransLink tickets would be acceptedafter July 1.

“If you choose not to use the entire multi-trip ticket, thenit is your choice and you are not entitled to a refund on any unused portion ofthe ticket,” the flyer said.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said negotiations were still underway between the ferry operator (BITS) and the state government’s TransLinkdepartment about redeeming credit on tickets.

“It’s not as if this has snuck up on us, we have known aboutthis for a long time,” Mr Dowling said.

“I don’t believe people will be disenfranchised and Ibelieve both parties will come to a common sense arrangement for the transitionperiod.

“The people who buy tickets from BITS enter an agreementwith BITS and if BITS does not provide that service then I am sure BITS will belooking at opportunities to reimburse or move them across to a differentticket.

“People who bought tickets against inflation took a gambleand the price of tickets has actually come down so it will be cheaper afterJuly1.

“There are a range of options open to people who have boughtmulti-trip tickets against inflation they can go and talk to neighbours andfriends and divest themselves of the tickets.”

Area manager Transit Systems Ferries David Thomson said ticketholders should address their concerns to Translink which would be taking over the service from BITS onJuly 1.

“TransLink has said categorically it will not redeem BITS tickets after July1 and we will not be able to because we won’t be running the service.”

The BITS decree raised angry comments from Lamb Island ratepayerEllen Ulrick and Macleay Island’s Gay Jones at this morning’s full meeting ofRedland City Council.

Both women also urged council to overturn an $88 levy onisland ratepayers to pay for the extension of the state government’s Translinkservice to the islands, which starts on July 1.

Both said they were disappointed island councillor Division5’s Mark Edwards did not raise the idea of a reprieve for islanders from the $88levy at the meeting.

Cr Edwards had planned to ask council to reassess the levy andlook at other funding options to pay for the extension of TransLink to theislands.

However, he withdrew his bid before the meeting.

“I was going to propose to the council to see if there was abetter way to fund the TransLink extension and it was my preference to fundthis extension across the entire city,” Cr Edwards said after the meeting.

Division 1 councillor Wendy Boglary said Cr Edwards’proposed motion was inflammatory and was only giving island residents “falsehope”.

“Spreading the levy across the entire city and not justtaxing island ratepayers will not work either,” Cr Boglary said.

“No ratepayer in Redlands should pay so the state government cansubsidise BITS, which will get less money in fares when cheaper Translink faresare introduced.

Bay Island Transit Systems has issued flyers claiming it will not allow unused multi-trip tickets after July 1. credit

“This should not become a fight between mainland residents and island residents.”

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