State Opposition Calls For Public Transport Fare Compassion

State Opposition Calls For Public Transport Fare Compassion

Queensland Shadow Minister for Public Transport Tracy Davis

Delay Public Transport 15% Fare Price Hikes While SEQ Recovers

Victor P Taffa

The State Opposition today said the 15% increase in Public Transport Fares will come as a real blow to commuters, as they struggle to recover from the flood crisis.

A two-zone go card fare will rise from $2.70 to $3.11 and a two-zone paper ticket will increase 70 cents from $3.90 to $4.60 from this Saturday 22 January.

Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Tracy Davis called on the Bligh Government to show some compassion and delay the Translink fare hikes while the flood recovery was still underway.

“The Government’s fare amnesty was welcome although flood-affected victims, many of whom had their vehicles destroyed, will now depend entirely on the Public Transport System over the coming weeks and months.”

“Flood-affected victims have taken a massive hit to their bank balances and they will need continued financial relief from the State Government, including subsidies that will allow them to transfer from home to work and start earning money again.” Ms. Davis said.

Ms. Davis said Queenslanders want a safe, reliable and comfortable Public Transport System but it has to be affordable.  Saturday’s 15 % hike is part of the Bligh Government’s plan to more than double go card Public Transport fares over five years.

“Hikes in Queensland’s Public Transport costs will also hurt pensioners and the elderly who rely exclusively on Public Transport and are already hurting from the increased cost of living.” Tracy Davis said.