Qld budget promises to slow public transport price hikes

PUBLIC transport price hikes to be slowed after the state budget.
PUBLIC transport price hikes to be slowed after the state budget. FILE

PRICE hikes for public transport will be slowed by changes in the Queensland Government's latest budget, as it dismantles built in increases of 15% a year.

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 single 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:  bus public queensland rail transport

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