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Media Release 27 Aug 2006 - Free public transport Seniors
« on: August 27, 2006, 07:00:39 PM »
RAIL Back On Track ? Free Public Transport for Seniors on Sundays
Media Release  27 August 2006

RAIL ? Back On Track (http://backontrack.org)   a new web based community organisation for the promotion of rail throughout Australia has congratulated the Victorian Government for the introduction of free public transport for Seniors on Sundays.
Robert Dow, on behalf of RAIL Back On Track said    ?This initiative by the Victorian Government to give free public transport to retired Seniors of 60 years or over is to be applauded.  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.?

?RAIL Back On Track calls for the incoming Queensland State Government to consider providing free public transport to retired Seniors in Queensland?

Reference:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200608/s1725222.htm

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Media Release 27 Aug 2006 - Free public transport Seniors
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 04:31:00 AM »
Victoria is leading the way on this.  Come on Queensland!

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100,000 VICTORIANS ON BOARD FOR FREE SUNDAY TRAVEL

Minister for Senior Victorians Gavin Jennings today issued the 100,000th Seniors Sunday Pass to a retired builder from Casey in Melbourne?s south east and urged all Victorian Seniors Card holders to take advantage of free public transport on Sundays.

Mr Jennings presented the card to Gerald Fitzgerald, aged 72, from Cranbourne at Cranbourne railway station. Since August 27 train, tram and bus travel has been free within Melbourne and some regional cities on Sundays for Victorian Seniors with a Seniors Sunday Pass.

Mr Jennings said the Seniors Sunday Pass is designed to encourage people to use public transport during off-peak times and support senior Victorians in leading active and healthy lives.

?This travel initiative is another good reason for senior Victorians to get out, get active, socialise with their friends and go for their lives,? Mr Jennings said.

Mr Jennings said the free Sunday travel was part of the Bracks Government?s $10.5 billion Meeting Our Transport Challenges plan released earlier this year.

Free Sunday travel applies to travel within Zones 1+2+3 of the Metcard ticketing system, and regional city bus networks, including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Mildura, Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

Cranbourne MP Jude Perera said all 850,000 Victorian Seniors Card holders are eligible for the free Sunday travel. He encouraged Victorian seniors who did not already have a Seniors Card to apply as soon as possible.

?As long as you live in Victoria, are over 60 and work less than 35 hours a week, you can apply for a Seniors Card,? Mr Perera said.

Mr Jennings and Mr Perera presented Mr Fitzgerald with 50 Seniors Daily tickets valued at $150 and a first class pass for free travel anywhere in Victoria on V/Line until the end of the year to mark the milestone.

Mr Fitzgerald has lived in Cranbourne since 1962. He worked as a builder and renovator before retiring and remembers Cranbourne as a village.

Application forms for the Seniors Sunday Pass are available from Connex Premium stations, staffed V/Line stations, the MetShop at Melbourne Town Hall and selected Metcard retail agents.

Mr Jennings also encouraged seniors to take advantage of discount travel in regional Victoria.

?The Bracks Government has abolished the time restrictions that applied to the seniors? concession discounts on regional V/Line services. The launch of the Regional Fast Rail network is another good reason to go and explore regional Victoria,? he said.

Seniors in Melbourne can now purchase a Day Return ticket between Melbourne to Geelong for just $10.60, Ballarat for $17.20 or Bendigo for $26.20. If they travel on off-peak services on weekdays then fares are even lower, with an Off-Peak Day Return between Melbourne and Geelong just $7.40, Ballarat for $12.20 or Bendigo for $18.20.

The new V/Line timetable has been introduced on the Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Seymour lines, with its introduction on the Gippsland line to follow in October. The timetable provides 401 extra rail services for major regional centres each week, many operated by the new Vlocity trains that operate at up to 160km per hour.

Further information on the Seniors Sunday Pass is available by calling 131 638 or http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au.
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