THE daily commute to and from work is all too often a source of stress and frustration.
From overcrowded buses and carriages to antisocial passengers with pungent takeaways or blaring headphones, complaining about public transport transport is something of a national sport.
But probably nothing infuriates the average commuter more than price increases. Last week, the announcement of the 3.1% peak-time rail fares increase, due to kick in from January, sparked outrage among train users. The increase is capped against retail price inflation (RPI) in Scotland, but passengers in England will face even steeper hikes of 4.1%.
It seems unlikely that passenger protests will do much to turn the tide on these price hikes in rail travel, but campaigners in Glasgow are fighting a smaller-scale price battle of their own with a petition to reinstate 10- and 20-journey tickets on the city's Subway. As a daily underground user myself I typically bought two 20-journey tickets per month, at a total cost of £44.
Some months it would stretch further than others - for example on a week of night-shifts I would only use up five journeys, travelling into the office but getting a taxi home after midnight. There was also the flexibility that allowed me to make the most of those rare sunny days in Glasgow by walking to and from work, knowing that in the process I was indirectly saving myself money by delaying the time it would take me to use up all the "journeys" on my Subway ticket.
However, on June 29 this year all that changed when SPT --the body responsible for running the underground network -scrapped these multi-journey tickets, and replaced them with weekly and monthly smart tickets.
Instead of a 10-journey ticket costing £12 or a 20-journey ticket costing £22, commuters were now asked to by a £12 seven-day ticket or a £45 28-day ticket.
On the face of it, it seemed a relatively innocuous change. My first thought was that I would be able to buy one ticket that would get me from payday-to-payday without worrying if I used it for extra journeys at the weekend.
However, among many other Subway users there is a definite feeling that they are being lured into spending more than they might choose, especially if they are frequent but not daily users of the Subway.
A petition set up by Glasgow University scientist, Frank Christian, calling for the reintroduction of multi-journey tickets has so far attracted 2118 signatures.
Supporters argue that the £45 month pass is "unaffordable", that it discourages commuters to combine riding the Subway with walking or cycling to work, and that queueing up every morning to buy a single or return has added extra frustrating minutes to their journey.
SPT say it is impossible to bring back the multi-journey tickets because the new "smart gates" cannot deduct journeys from a ticket the way the old turnstile machines did.
It might be a losing battle then, but don't expect the campaigners to give up without a fight. Hell hath no fury like a commuter scorned.
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