50 cent fares for public transport patrons

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Queensland public transport patrons will enjoy 50 cent fares for six months from August. | Photo: David F (iStock)

Queenslanders will be able to travel on public transport for 50 cents per trip for six months from August.

Premier Steven Miles said reducing the cost barrier to public transport would encourage more people to leave the car at home, leading to a reduction in road congestion.

“A single bus takes 50 cars off the road and a train takes 600 cars off the road,” Premier Miles said.

“From August 5, the cost of all Translink public transport services will be slashed to 50 cents, no matter where you live or how far you travel,” he said.

Customers will still need to ‘tap on’ and ‘tap off’ for their journey using Smart Ticketing, a go card, or by purchasing a paper ticket, in order to access the reduced fare.

Premier Miles said it was expected this initiative would increase public transport patronage and reduce congestion on Queensland roads.

“Public transport usage remains about 13 percent below pre-COVID levels,” he said.

Concession holders, who currently receive 50 percent off fares, will receive 50 cent fares as it is cheaper than the current concession rate.

A list of the Translink services in each region can be found online on the Translink site..

50 cent fares will not apply to privately operated transport services.