The state government is hoping their new ‘Fairer Fares‘ initiative for public transport will take the equivalent of seven million cars off Queensland roads by encouraging locals onto our trains, trams and buses.
The initiative, which went live this morning, has been touted as the most significant change to South East Queensland’s public transport network in more than a decade.
Key changes include:
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- REDUCING the amount of travel zones in South East Queensland from 23 to just eight.
- EXTENDING off-peak travel times to be overnight from 7pm until 6am, during the day from 8:30am until 3:30pm on weekdays, plus all day on weekends.
- FREE TRAVEL for kids under 15 years on weekends.
- GIVING concessions to jobseekers on Newstart and Youth Allowance from 2017.
Queensland’s Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said many Gold Coast locals would benefit from the changes.
He said an average Gold Coast commuter travelling between Robina and Brisbane city would save $1196.64 a year under the changes because their 15-zone trip would become a five-zone trip.
Also, a Gold Coast family travelling locally – with one parent commuting between Labrador and Robina, and another travelling between Labrador and Southport, will save $1196.64 a year because these four and two-zone trips would both become single zone trips.
“Whether you’re travelling on the bus, train, ferry or a Gold Coast tram, chances are you’ll be topping up your gocard less often,” said the Minister.
“Fairer Fares mean more commuters using the TransLink network and the equivalent of seven million fewer cars on our roads every year.”
For more details on the Fairer Fares initiative and new travel zones, visit the Translink website.