It's true, they are subsidized
""While a bus is massively subsidised..."
Well, if you're going to come out with blatant lies lies that, I'm going to stop reading."
IDK if you're pulling our leg, but just in case you're not, actually it's true. So also are trains, airplanes, and ... cars! No transportation system in the world actually pays for itself. Bus and train systems in particular run at a loss everywhere in the world. There's data out there, I looked this up a dozen or so years ago.