Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Go Card Records 500,000 Free Trips In One Month
Victor P Taffa
The 500,000th free go card trip was taken this week, exactly one month after the Newman Government’s nine-and-free fare incentive was introduced.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the effort to tackle Labor’s declining public transport affordability had been embraced by passengers.
“The 500,000th free trip was taken on Wednesday, and I would expect the 600,000th free trip to be taken today the fifth Friday that regular Monday to Friday passengers will travel home for free.” Mr. Emerson said.
“All up passengers have saved almost $2 Million in fares since June 25, delivering real cost of living relief for Queenslanders.”
“Last week there were 135,000 free trips taken and I would expect that number to rise with university students returning for second semester this week.”
“We are restoring confidence in our public transport network by improving the affordability, reliability and frequency of public transport.” Mr. Emerson said.
During the January-to-March quarter, affordability of public transport dropped to an all-time low 45 % on trains and 51 and 53 % on buses and ferries.
Under the nine-and-free scheme a regular weekday commuter to the CBD from Oxley or Mitchelton will save up to $220 a year while customers travelling from Varsity Lakes or Palmwoods will save up to $642 each year.