Year of free travel up for grabs as Qld govt tries boost public transport

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.


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.”

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You could provide me with free transport for the rest of my life and I’ll still drive my car every day. I don’t wish to share space with meth heads, eshays and drop kicks.

I agree

Sure I’ll take public transport, it will only take me 2 to 3 times longer to get to work. Sure.

I stopped using public transport when the Redcliffe line went in. I got sick of getting on the train at Milton and having it get “replaced” at Roma street which means the train was technically on time but now I had to wait 20 minutes for the next one… Or worse if I failed to notice it was being replaced I’d end up at Shorncliffe. This issue only got worse with the Redcliffe line cos now it happened at two stations, assuming they had enough staff.

So I got my license and bought a car, never ever going back

Yeah bikes and scoters on a packed peak hour train ? Rediculous idea! Whoever thought that was a good idea has never been crammed into a standing room cheek to cheek only train in their lives !

stupid…. make travel off peak free for all or try a free friday. Giving 1 person free travel does nothing for the commuting population, nothing to coax punters back on to possibly the worst public transport in the history of public transport. But at least the Polys are all getting a significant payrise….dear god!

For only 4 people selected.. whoop doop 😁