Passengers jumped on-board for Fairer Fares this morning to make more than 105,000 gocard trips and become part of the most significant change to South East Queensland’s public transport network in more than a decade.
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares initiative went live from this morning’s first services.
“From today, the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares are delivering real cost-of living savings for passengers on the TransLink network,” Minister Hinchliffe said.
“Whether you’re travelling on the bus, train, ferry or a Gold Coast tram, chances are you’ll be topping up your gocard less often with most commuters now saving between four and 34 percent.”
Mr Hinchliffe said the introduction of Fairer Fares had required a significant technical update to TransLink’s ticketing system.
“With cheaper fares across fewer travel zones, extended off-peak discounts and the start of 8 and 50 for bigger weekday savings, a large, coordinated software update of the entire TransLink ticketing system was progressively rolled out over the weekend for this morning’s go live,” the Minister said.
“TransLink partnered with its technical provider to install new software to all 13,500 gocard and ticket devices across South East Queensland.
“I want to thank TransLink and their software provider for their commitment to a seamless transition to a fairer deal for public transport commuters.”
Minister Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares were also expected to benefit motorists by helping to reduce congestion.
“Fairer Fares mean more commuters using the TransLink network and the equivalent of seven million fewer cars on our roads every year,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“It is a great day for public transport in South East Queensland.”
For more details on Fairer Fares and new travel zones visit Translink at: www.translink.com.au (external site)
The key changes to SEQ’s fare structure under the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares package:
- Fewer zones: SEQ’s 23 travel zones will be simplified to eight.
- Cheaper fares: Fares for all zones of travel will be slashed.
- Extending off-peak discount: Peak period won’t start until after 6am in the morning to encourage earlier travel and give these users cheaper fares. The 20 per cent off-peak discount will now apply for all travel between 7pm and 6am, between 8.30am and 3.30pm Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
- Kids go free on weekends: Children under the age of 15 will be able to travel free on the weekend on a child go card.
- Senior discounts: Seniors and pensioners will retain the ‘One, Two FREE’ travel
- 8 and 50 for commuters: The Government will scrap ‘Nine + FREE’ and replace with 8 paid journeys and 50 per cent off subsequent journeys per week to deliver higher travel savings to more customers.
- Concessions for Queensland job seekers: TransLink will work with Federal Agencies so jobseekers on Newstart or Youth Allowance will be able to access concession fares in 2017
- Concession fares for asylum seekers: In line with other states like New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, asylum seekers in Queensland will be able to access concession fares to use public transport in 2017.
- New Fares Advisory Panel: The Government will establish a Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel to provide independent advice on future public transport fares, products and ticketing.
Some examples of savings under the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares Package:
- An average Gold Coast commuter travelling between Robina and Brisbane city would save $1196.64 a year under the changes because their 15-zone trip would become a five-zone trip.
- A Gold Coast family travelling locally, with one parent commuting between Labrador and Robina and another travelling between Labrador and Southport, will save $1196.64 a year because these four and two-zone trips would both become single zone trips.
- Weekly commuters to Brisbane City from Goodna, Strathpine or Samford will save $889.92 and commuters from Morningside or Tarragindi will save $315.36 a year.
- A weekday commuter who travels a single zone, to and from work during peak period, will save $1.30 per week with ‘8 and 50’ combined with the cheaper zone rates. Currently they pay $30.15 per week under ‘Nine and Free’. With ‘8 and 50’ and $3.20 for a single zone of travel they will pay less, only $28.8 per week.
- A commuter travelling on public transport during peak times from Goodna to Brisbane’s CBD each weekday for work, currently pays $5.96 per trip to travel across five zones and in per week with ‘Nine and Free’ would spend $53.64 per week. Under the changes they will only travel two zones and pay $3.90 per trip and with ‘8 and 50’ will end up paying $35.10 per week. That’s a weekly saving of $18.54 with the cheaper zone prices and also ‘8 and 50’.