Tasmanian Liberals

Tasmanian Government Slashes Public Transport Fares By Half

Starting June 1, the Tasmanian government is slashing public transport fares in half as part of its 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future. 

Transport Minister Eric Abetz said that this initiative aims to ease the cost of living pressures for Tasmanians.

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“This means you’ll get twice as many rides from your GreenCard or Transportme card top-up, or even when using cash,” Mr Abetz said. 

This initiative was introduced a few days after the Queensland government unveiled a 50-cent flat-rate fare for bus, train, ferry, and light rail services.

“Students and children will only pay $1 per trip, making a big difference to household budgets.”

Mr Abetz said the reduced fares apply to all government-contracted public buses and fare-paying school buses across all fare types. 

No action is required for Tasmanians wanting to receive the half-price fares.

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Updated fares will be applied automatically to Green Card and Transportme cards. 

“This initiative not only provides immediate cost of living relief but also encourages more people to use public transport, easing congestion on our roads,” Mr Abetz added.

Metro Tasmania confirms that the halved fares will be in effect until June 30 next year, which is applicable to cash payments as well.

“If using a GreenCard, just tap on as usual, and the half-price fare will be applied,” Metro Tasmania said in the statement.

“The daily cap on GreenCard spendings will also be halved during this period.”

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