Redland train and bus users travelling to and from Brisbane from Redland City suburbs such as Alexandra Hills, Capalaba, Birkdale, Thorneside and Wellington Point are the big winners in the proposed new South East Queensland public transport fare review.
A commuter who travels 10 trips a week in peak hour from one of those areas will save $18.54 a week under the new fare and zone structure.
The savings are less for other areas of Redlands.
The current 23 zones will be reduced to eight. Fewer zones means most public transport users will pay less because they won’t be travelling through as many zones.
The northern area of Redlands benefits the most by being within zone 2 and the southern area in will be in zone 3
Examples of savings
Adult fare in peak hours to and from Redland City to Brisbane CBD
* Cleveland: was $6.69, new fare $5.96, save 73 cents (was a zone 1-6 trip and now zone 1-3 )
* Ormiston: was $6.69, new fare $5.96 save 73 cents (was a zone 1-6 trip and now zone1-3 )
* Wellington Point: was $5:96, new fare $3.90, save $2.06 (was a zone 1-5 trip now zone1-2 )
* Birkdale :was $5:96, new fare $3.90, save $2.06 (was a zone 1-5 trip now zone 1-2 )
* Thorneside: was $5:96, new fare $3.90, save $2.06 (was a zone 1-5 trip now zone 1-2 )
Adult fare peak hours to and from Redland City to Brisbane CBD
* Redland Bay: was $7.27 now $5.97 save $1.31 - (was a zone 1-7 trip now zone 1-3)
* Victoria Point: was $7.27 now $5.97 save $1.31 - (was a zone 1-7 trip now zone 1-3)
* Thornlands: was $6.69, now $ 5.96 save 73 cents (was a zone 1-6 and now zone 1-3)
* Cleveland: was $6.69, now $ 5.96 save 73 cents (was a zone 1-6 and now zone 1-3)
* Alexandra Hills: was $5.96 new fare $3.90 (was a zone 1-5 trip now zone 1-2)
* Capalaba Park’n’ Ride to Brisbane CBD
was $5.96 now $3.90 - save $2.06 a trip (was zone 1-5 now zone 1-2)
* Russell Island to Brisbane CBD - was $10.75 now $10.32 save 43 cents ( was 1-12 zone trip now a 1-5 zone trip)
The State Government says under its Fairer Fares package more than 93 percent of South East Queensland (SEQ) public transport users would save money with cheaper fares and a reduced number of travel zones.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the Government’s response to recommendations from the independent Fare Review Taskforce ensured the absolute maximum number of commuters benefit.
“Public transport fares need to be affordable, boost patronage and deliver a sustainable fare revenue stream to allow the network to grow,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
The government will accept the independent Fare Review Taskforce recommendation to scrap the wasteful ‘9 and free’ scheme and replace it with ‘8 and 50’ benefit so more public transport users ultimately save across the entire network.
Mr Hinchliffe said instead of free travel after nine paid journeys, public transport users will receive a 50 percent discount on fares after eight paid journeys during a week.
The key changes to SEQ’s fare structure under the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares package:
* Fewer zones: SEQ’s 23 travel zones will be simplified to eight.
* Cheaper fares: Fares for all zones of travel will be slashed.
* Extending off-peak discount: Peak period won’t start until after 6am in the morning to encourage earlier travel and give these users cheaper fares. The 20 per cent off-peak discount will now apply for all travel between 7pm and 6am, between 8.30am and 3.30pm Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
* Kids go free on weekends: Children under the age of 15 will be able to travel free on the weekend on a child go card.
* Senior discounts: Seniors and pensioners will retain the ‘One, Two FREE’ travel
* 8 and 50 for commuters: The Government will scrap ‘Nine + FREE’ and replace with 8 paid journeys and 50 per cent off subsequent journeys per week to deliver higher travel savings to more customers.
* Concessions for Queensland job seekers: TransLink will work with Federal Agencies so jobseekers on Newstart or Youth Allowance will be able to access concession fares from early 2017
* Concession fares for asylum seekers: In line with other states like New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, asylum seekers in Queensland will be able to access concession fares to use public transport from early 2017.
* New Fares Advisory Panel: The Government will establish a Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel to provide independent advice on future public transport fares, products and ticketing.
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