Jul 18

5% cut to bus, train fares

Passengers across Queensland will pay 5 per cent less for public transport from today.

The stategovernment slashed fares after realising $30 million in savings when the carbon tax was scrapped.

Premier Campbell Newman said a regular week-day customer, travelling to work from the Gold Coast to Brisbane over 16 zones, would save up to $297 a year.

A passenger travelling a two-zone trip, from Enoggera, Indooroopilly and Newstead, to the Brisbane CBD or a Gold Coast light rail trip,would save$83.16 a year.

In regional Queensland, a regular weekday passenger, travelling three zones in Townsville, saved up to $132 a year.

Transport minister ScottEmerson said next year there would be further relief when fares were “frozen” at today’s prices.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson saidthe fare cut would mean a passenger travelling six zones, from Cleveland to the Brisbane CBD, would save $142.56 a year.

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