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Queenslanders Will Now Spend Just 50 Cents On Public Transport Fares

In a bid to reduce road congestion and combat the rising cost of living, the Queensland government has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to slash public transport fares. 

Queenslanders across the state are set to benefit from a 50-cent flat-rate fare for bus, train, ferry, and light rail services, starting from August 5, 2024.

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Queensland Premier Steven Miles announced the introduction of the six-month trial on Sunday, encouraging residents to opt for public transportation over private vehicles. 

“For someone catching the train to work in Brisbane from here in Mango Hill, it costs up to $96 a week. And if you drive to work, you’re stuck in peak hour traffic every day and paying a lot more than that,” Premier Miles said.

 “It’s why I’m making all public transport fares a flat 50 cents – no matter where you live, your mode of travel, or how far you go. It’s as close to free as you can get.”

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Deputy Premier Cameron Dick also highlighted the government’s commitment to making public transport more affordable and attractive to Queenslanders. 

“50 cent fares will mean savings you can see every day,” he said. 

“We hope they will make a lot more people in the South-East consider using public transport for their daily commute, which reduces congestion for everyone.”

During the six-month period, concession card holders will also benefit from the 50 cent fares, which will be cheaper than the current concession rate. 

Additionally, school travel fares, which are already heavily subsidised under the School Transport Assistance Scheme, will continue to be available for eligible students.

The initiative is expected to contribute to lower transport CPI and inflation in Queensland in the latter half of the year.

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