GOLD Coast commuters have been handed an early Christmas present, with Queensland announcing a freeze on public transport fares.
Prices for bus and train travel across the South East will remain unchanged until 1 July, 2016 while the independent Fare Review is underway.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the decision to freeze fares and not proceed with a scheduled annual CPI increase had been made to ensure commuters would not be impacted while the current fare structure in South East Queensland was being considered by the expert-led taskforce.
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“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to restoring confidence in our public transport system and boosting patronage by delivering fair, affordable and sustainable fares across our network,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Public transport use increased by 3.1 percent between July and September 2015, with more than 47 million trips recorded on South East Queensland’s public transport network.
The Fare Review Taskforce is set to release its recommendations for community consultation early next year.