Public transport to get cheaper next year

Public transport will be cheaper from next year under a major overhaul announced by the Queensland Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced the changes on Sunday morning.

The Premier told media “this is the biggest cost-of-living measure from our budget that will be handed down”.


Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted more people to use public transport so making it cheaper to use was an obvious way to achieve that.

The number of travel zones will be slashed from 23 to eight and the cost of the average journey cut by $1.54.

Children under 15 will also get to travel free on weekends, while off-peak discounts will be extended.

Fares will be reduced across all zones from January 2017, with savings of up to 35 per cent for commuters currently in zone five.

Travel in those periods will be discounted 20 per cent. Job seekers and asylum seekers will receive concession fares.

But it will all come at a cost.  Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the cheaper fares could cost the government as much as $210 million in lost revenue over the next four years.