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RAIL Back On Track - Media Release 9 June 2007

Public transport fare increases!  Smart State or Late State?

RAIL ? Back On Track (http://backontrack.org)  a web based community organisation for the promotion of rail throughout Australia has suggested that the latest increase in public transport fare prices in Brisbane be offset with some new initiatives such as free weekend travel for seniors and the re-introduction of family tickets on weekends and public holidays.

Robert Dow said

 ?RAIL Back On Track notes the fare increases in public transport in Brisbane from the 2nd of July. Although not overly excessive these fare increases will add to many residents daily living costs.  Already water, electricity, housing and food prices are hitting families hard.  It is time that the Government consider re-introducing family tickets for weekend travel on Translink services.  This would be a welcome relief to families who could use the public transport system at an off peak time in a more affordable manner.  There would be no direct costs other than ticketing options, as services are running regardless. This would be of considerable benefit to struggling families, but will also have the benefit of familiarisation with public transport, which will help in changing commuting behaviour.?

?Victoria has had free Sunday public transport travel for senior citizens for some time now.  Again this could be introduced for senior citizens in Brisbane at nothing other than a marginal cost.  Public transport has some slack on Sundays, and it will be no additional load for our public transport generally to make this service available.  It will assist the Senior citizens to get out and about, and have more healthy life styles.?

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