The Palaszczuk Government will slash public transport fares for commuters across south-east Queensland from Monday, 19 December ahead of its official launch on 1 January next year.
Member for Sandgate and Minister for Transport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said under the Fairer Fares package customers will save several hundred dollars each year with cheaper fares across new larger zones of travel, as well as an extended off-peak discount, kids go free on weekends, and a range of travel incentives.
“In Sandgate public transport costs will be slashed, saving up to $578.88 per year for a commute from Sandgate train station to the Brisbane CBD.
“These fare reforms are the most significant change to South East Queensland’s public transport network in a decade and will deliver cost of living relief to at least 93 per cent of commuters,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Fairer Fares package was announced in June for a 1 January 2017 start. We will roll it out from Monday to provide an extra two weeks of fare relief for customers.
“I’m proud the Palaszczuk Government has been able to help family budgets by making public transport fares more affordable for the vast majority of users.”
The Fairer Fares package, which was subject to wide-ranging consultation through the SEQ Fare Review Taskforce, would encourage more people to choose public transport over private vehicles.
“Taking the equivalent of seven million cars off our roads every year will mean less congestion on our local and major road networks,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Under the Palaszczuk government commuters will be able to travel further for less.”
For information on the new fares and zones visit www.translink.com.au, use the online journey planner, download the MyTransLink app or call TransLink on 13 12 30 any time.
Zones Map https://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/resources/plan-your-journey/maps/161219-seq-fare-zone.pdf