Tuesday, 12 June 2018
CHEAPER BUS FARES FOR GOULBURN ELECTORATE
Customers in the electorate of Goulburn are benefiting from adult regional bus fares being cut by almost 30 per cent on average, following the NSW Government’s introduction of a new fare structure for regional bus operators earlier this year.
The new pricing structure applies across regional and rural NSW. The maximum adult fare for a short trip of 3 kilometres will be set at $2.30, while any trip longer than 200 kilometres will have a maximum fare of $48.20.
Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward has welcomed the changes as a win for customers and operators like local company, PBC.
“The NSW Government has implemented a simpler fare structure - by dropping the price of the maximum fare, we hope to make bus services more appealing to local residents and encourage higher patronage of the services.”
The following prices are for adult one-way tickets on offer between Goulburn and Crookwell: Goulburn to Crookwell $9.60 Monday to Friday; Goulburn to Marys Mount, Bradfordville or Kenmore $3.40 Monday to Saturday service; and Goulburn to Ifield (Goulburn Hospital), Goulburn West or Goulburn South $2.30 Monday to Saturday service
Ms Goward said the Government was still committed to upholding the discounts already in place for pensioner and senior concession card holders confirming the Regional Excursion Daily (RED) ticket for pensioners and seniors will remain at $2.50.
“The RED ticket is such a great affordable option for seniors and pensioners to access discounted fares, offering unlimited local daily bus travel for just $2.50,” Ms Goward said.
The NSW Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review bus fares in regional and rural areas in February last year to ensure services were delivering the best value for money for our customers.
IPART’s review found fares were higher than what customers were willing to pay, resulting in lower patronage on regional services.
The Government will also continue to investigate other recommendations from the IPART review such as restructuring services to better match emerging needs, including on-demand services and improving operator cost efficiency.