Public transport fares are being slashed from 19 December, making it more affordable for Springwood locals to travel on buses, trains, ferries or light rail, in a major overhaul of public transport costs across South East Queensland.
All local public transport users will save money under the Palaszczuk Government’s new Fairer Fares Package with cheaper fares and a reduced number of travel zones.
Springwood commuters traveling from Springwood to the CBD could save $889.92 a year, while those traveling from the Shopping Village in Daisy Hill to the Brisbane CBD could save $315.36 a year.
Key changes to the SEQ fare structure from 19 Dec 2016 will be:
- Fewer zones: Current 23 zones will be reduced to eight to simplify the network and encourage local travel as well as travelling further for less.
- Cheaper fares: Fares for all zones will reduce, for example: single zone fares of $3.35 cut to $3.20, (adult peak go card).
- Off-peak for longer: Morning off-peak has been extended through to 6am (from 3am) to encourage earlier travel for cheaper fares. The 20 per cent off-peak discount remains for travel between 7pm and 6am, between 8.30am and 3.30pm Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
- Children travel free at weekends: More affordable weekend travel for families with Children aged between five and 14 (inclusive) travelling free at the weekend on a child go card.
- Incentives: Seniors and pensioners will retain the ‘One, Two, FREE’ travel while the ‘Nine + FREE’ free travel incentive will change to 8 paid journeys and 50 per cent off subsequent journeys per week.
- Concessions for QLD job seekers and asylum seekers: The unemployed on Newstart and Youth Allowance and asylum seekers across Queensland will be able to access concession fares from early 2017, pending federal agency discussions.
This reform will make public transport fares fairer and encourage more people to use public transport.
I encourage locals to have their say on the Fairer Fares website and let us know if we've got this right?