- Jan 14, 2009
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The current fare structure in Bristol is reasonably straightforward, although in Bath it's even simpler with a flat fare in that city's inner zone for any journey longer than a three-stop hop. Bristol's Inner Zone is larger so the fares in that vary depending on distance travelled.What the mayor said is this:
which can mean a lot of things. It does not say "has agreed to introduce a standard flat fare" for example.
In the same vein, I'm happy to agree to work with anyone who asks towards world peace. Probably still won't see it in my life time though.
The phrasing also doesn't necessarily exclude a special fare for short journeys. That just wouldn't be a "standard" fare then.
Not really sure what fare structure would be fair or unfair - mostly fare structures just are, and if it had been any other way from the start many would be arguing that changing it to something else would be ludicrous and unfair. The normative power of the factual, I guess.
In many cities a standard ticket is time-limited to e.g. 60 or 90 minutes. In others it's just inner zone (say Bristol city) and outer zone(s) (SouthGlos, BANES, etc.). I only remember multiple inner zones from cities much bigger than Bristol, but can't say I've investigated this in any meaningful way of course.
Interesting that the Outer Zone now combines both Bristol and Bath in one zone which is probably a sensible reflection of the closeness of the two in terms of urban transport and inter-urban transport.
All this is with First Group travel. Other companies might be different.
https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/node_images/Fares Guide (May18).pdf