Free seniors bus travel extended for four years

22 June 2016

Gold Coast seniors will be able to travel free on local buses for another four years.

Mayor Tom Tate and the Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe made the announcement today, ahead of the delivery of the City Budget this Friday.

“Following its tremendous success, free seniors bus travel will now remain in effect until June 2020,” said Cr Tate.

“Thanks to an agreement with TransLink, we have now secured a deal which will provide seniors with free travel every week day between 8.30am and 3.30pm.    

“With more than 26,000 already registered for this program, this is wonderful news for our city’s seniors. It improves their quality of life and empowers them to be more independent.”     

“Since the program began on 1 September 2013, more than two million trips have been made by Gold Coast seniors on TransLink buses.This initiative has changed the way many of our seniors move about the city,” said Cr Tate.  

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed the deal to continue the popular senior scheme for another four years.

“For many seniors, public transport symbolises independence and the Queensland Government is proud to support the Council’s travel initiative for seniors of the Gold Coast,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Assisting seniors and pensioners is a priority for the Palaszczuk Government which is why we committed to retain the 1, 2 free travel benefit for seniors and we’re slashing the price of public transport travel under our Fairer Fares Package.”

Labrador Seniors’ Centre Coordinator Megan Shirley said many of the seniors who attended the centre used public transport.

“They catch the bus, come to our centre, see friends, do arts and craft, yoga and a host of other things which keeps them active and makes them feel a real part of the community,” she said.

To be eligible for free bus travel, passengers must hold a TransLink Seniors red go card, be a Gold Coast resident and complete an application.Registered Free Travel Seniors are provided with a sticker to attach to their go card which they simply show to the bus driver when they board.

For all enquiries, call 1300 465 326 or visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/freeseniorstravel. 

To obtain an application form email freeseniorstravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Note: Free Seniors Travel on the Gold Coast does not apply on Queensland Rail trains or on G:link light rail services.

 

 

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