50 cent fares for public transport in Queensland, in six month trial

Catching public transport can be costly for people that are out. Obviously in the workforce. It's quite expensive. Oh wait, my mum pays but she puts $10 on my go card for like a week and then I just use it. Families are feeling the pinch, $6.63 I think it is, yeah, pair every day, but from August the 5th fares will plummet. These days you can't get much for $0.50, but soon you'll be able to go anywhere on our public transport network. The Premier says it will cost $150 million. But will save some thousands getting more cars off the road and people onto public transport. 50 Cent fares are cost of living savings that Queenslanders can see every day. It's a radical change. People will be able to commute for a dollar a day, $0.50 in, $0.50 out. It covers all Translink trains and buses across the state, the Gold Coast light rail and ferries which from tomorrow will stop at the Howard Smith wharves. One way of reducing traffic congestion is better transport. The Opposition supports a move but says Queenslanders will see through it. It's questioned why the measure only lasts for six months, which includes the much anticipated October state election. Queenslanders are very supportive of getting additional costs of relief because they are struggling at the moment, but they're also cynical in that it runs out just after the election. The Premier says it's not an election sweetener. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've been premier for six months. Commuters couldn't be happier. I think that's awesome. Be really good for the community, especially a lot of people that don't have a lot of money. That's good, that'll make it a lot cheaper. Results from the trial will be reviewed next year and changes will be made if services become overcrowded. We'd love to see patronage on a population adjusted basis come back up to at least the pre COVID levels and certainly use the train a lot more if it was $0.50. Just what the Premier wants.

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