Local seniors can now travel for longer for free on Gold Coast Surfside buses.
Mayor Tom Tate said the free travel service for seniors was being extended by 30 minutes a day starting this week and would provide more flexibility for the 12,500 people who have registered for the free travel.
“Eligible Gold Coast seniors are now able to travel for free on buses from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday,” Mayor Tate said.
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Since 2 September 2013, eligible Gold Coast Seniors have been able to travel for free on Gold Coast Surfside buses from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. The extended timeframe brings the service forward by 30 minutes to 8:30am.
“The extension to the free travel service fulfils key directives in our Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031 by encouraging greater use of public transport and helping older people to remain connected to their communities,” he said.
The change in travel time will not impact on the Free Seniors Travel trial stickers which are affixed to red Seniors go cards. Seniors will be able to continue using their existing sticker for free travel.
The trial is part of the City of Gold Coast’s drive to encourage more Gold Coasters to use public transport and to make better use of existing services. It will operate as a trial until 31 March this year after which it will be assessed to determine the feasibility of it continuing.
For more information on the trial go to www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/freeseniorstravel