Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Countdown To Savings For Commuters
Victor P Taffa
Regular go card commuters will soon get free travel after nine journeys each week, ticking off another election promise by the Newman Government.
Speaking on a tour of the soon-to-be opened Northern Busway today, Premier Campbell Newman said in less than two weeks regular SEQ commuters would start feeling real hip pocket relief.
“The LNP made a commitment to reintroduce discounted weekly fares for go card users, and I am pleased to report we’ve honoured this commitment.” Premier Newman said.
“Regular commuters who have used go cards for nine journeys in a Monday to Friday week on buses, trains and ferries in South East Queensland will be rewarded with any additional trips free in that week from June 25.”
“This means for a regular commuter you get your trip home on Friday at no cost, and bonus free weekend travel.”
“The Newman Government understands that Queensland families are struggling with the rising cost of living and this will be a real saving and incentive for people to use public transport regularly.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the LNP’s commitment will reward daily commuters, bringing the cost of living down.
“After working all week, your journey home on Friday will be at no charge, and any additional trips you take will be free also.”
“Unlike the previous Government, LNP are committed to improving affordability for passengers who will encourage more people back on to transport.” Mr. Emerson said.
The commitment will save a regular weekday commuter to the CBD from Oxley or Mitchelton up to $220 a year while commuters travelling from Varsity Lakes or Palmwoods will save up to $642 each year.
The Newman Government has also committed to halving Labor’s public transport fare increases on Translink buses, trains and ferries across South East Queensland.
“This is just part of the Newman Government’s plan to restore Queenslander’s confidence in public transport.” Mr. Emerson said.