Public transport fares to rise

PUBLIC transport fares in South-East Queensland are set to rise 20 per cent over the next five years.

The State Government will offer off-peak discounts and free public transport Go Cards loaded with credit to commuters in a bid to boost uptake of the flagging electronic card.

Under a new five-year fare scheme, Go Card users who travel between 9am and 3.30pm or after 7pm will receive a 10 per cent discount on a single fare, while paper ticket users face a 40 per cent fare hike.

The push to phase out paper ticketing will be buoyed by a mass giveaway of 400,000 Go Cards, each loaded with $10 free travel credit.

"Commuters have taken to the go card and swear by it but there are still casual public transport users out there who have not made the switch for one reason or another and this will provide them with an added incentive," Acting Premier Paul Lucas said.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au.


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