Public transport fares to rise

The State’s peak motoring body has reminded commuters public transport fares would surge across south east Queensland services.

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From Monday, the cost of taking a bus, train or ferry would rise, with adult and concession fares set to increase by 1.8 percent.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said although the increase was consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate, RACQ research revealed current fare prices were already a sore point for public transport patrons.

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“An adult, single-zone ticket will increase from $4.70 to $4.80, which is disappointing when commuters are already telling us they’re frustrated with the cost of public transport,” Dr Michael said.

“A recent survey of our members reveals one-third of those in Brisbane refuse to catch public transport due to costs. Poor service availability and frequency are also other big factors.

“That’s why we’re calling on the State Government to establish an Integrated Public Transport Authority to deliver a reliable network for Queenslanders.”

Dr Michael said while the fare increase was unavoidable, there were ways for commuters to save.

“Taking advantage of ongoing go card discounts will maximise your savings,” she said.

“Using a go card is at least 30 percent cheaper than a single paper ticket and after you’ve paid for your eighth trip using your card, every trip after is half price in a seven day period.”

 

 

Adult

Previous fare New fare
Single zone fare $4.70 $4.80
Maximum eight zone fare $15.69-$19.61 15.97-$19.96

 

Concession

Previous fare New fare
Single zone fare $2.40 $2.40 (unchanged)
Maximum eight zone fare $7.84-$9.81 $7.98-$9.98