The Queensland Government is trying desperately to lure people back onto public transport by giving away a year of free travel.
Usage across the entire Queensland network is sitting at around 70 per cent as it continues to be affected by changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more people working from home, there has been a remarkable drop in patronage over the last year.
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Transport Minister Mark Bailey announced on Sunday, the Palaszczuk Government will give away four ‘Golden Go Cards’ to a lucky traveller who uses public transport on a Friday across the month of June.
“The randomly selected draw at the end of the working week is open for all registered Go Card users,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Gold Card promotion is just part of a wider push to get more workers back into the CBD and supporting small businesses in southeast city centres at the tail end of the week.
“This is about encouraging more Queenslanders to support retailers and hospitality workers as we continue the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mr Bailey said the Golden Go Card lottery comes just ahead of the restrictions around taking bikes and e-scooters on peak hour trains being relaxed from July 1 in a six-month trial.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Rebecca Randazzo said the trial of allowing bicycles and e-scooters on peak trains was a win for cyclists and scooter users.
“Every time someone uses the combination of bike and train to get around SEQ, that’s one less car on the roads,” Ms Randazzo said.
“And combining public transport and bike riding helps you find your 30 minutes of physical activity for the day, while reducing carbon emissions.”
To find out more, visit: translink.com.au/newsletter/competitions-and-offers/golden-go-card