THE state government’s move to slash the cost of public transport in southeast Queensland has saved commuters almost $50 million in the last 10 months, according to new figures released today.
The public transport network was simplified under the Fairer Fares strategy in December 2016, reducing the number of zones across southeast Queensland from 23 to eight.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said commuters were reaping the rewards from the overhaul to the network, with figures today showing they’ve so far managed to save more than $48 million.
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“More than 114 million trips across the South East Queensland public transport network were made during this time — and were eligible for savings,” Ms Trad said.
“Commuters are not only saving money, but are also more satisfied with public transport affordability.
“TransLink’s customer satisfaction rating for affordability is at its highest level since 2010-11 when reporting began, tracking at close to 60 per cent since February.
“This shows that passengers continue to appreciate the cost-of-living benefits we have delivered by reducing public transport fares.”
Cheaper concession fares have also been delivered for job seekers receiving Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, as well as Asylum seekers who reside in Queensland.
“Almost 5000 job seekers and about 500 asylum seekers have been approved for concession fares, each saving on average $1.21 for each trip taken,” Ms Trad said.
“These groups have saved more than $352,000 and have made more than 291,000 trips.
“Our free weekend travel initiative for children aged under 15 has been popular with families making more than 493,000 trips and saving $700,000.
“And 1.5 million more journeys have qualified for ‘8 and 50 per cent’ than would have benefitted from the previous Government’s ‘nine and free’ policy.”