Public transport annual 15% increase scrapped

PUBLIC transport is going to cost more, but not as much more, as the Queensland Government scraps annual increases of 15%.

For Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast commuters who ride trains to Brisbane, they could save up to $4.30 each way, an estimated $2500 a year.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the former government's price rises would be scrapped, as ticket prices are now linked to inflation.

Commuters will still be allowed unlimited free travel after paying for nine trips in a week.

Mr Emerson said in this financial year, Queenslanders took 176.7 million trips, a million more than the previous year.

"We have already taken train reliability from a three-year-low to an all-time high and added more than 1000 additional weekly train and 2000 additional weekly bus services," he said.

Mr Emerson said the smaller increases showed the government was keeping its promise to cut household costs.

Topics:  public transport queensland budget 2014

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