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Queensland Government to dump free Go Card trips

Brett Wortman

COMMUTERS will be forced to pay for their 10th Go Card trip for the first time since June 2012, with the Queensland Labor Government expecting the free trips to have cost $107 million by June 30.

As a sweetener though, the government may reduce some fares.

The government intends to drop the initiative, introduced under Campbell Newman's government, in the coming budget.

Fairfax Media reports that 80,675 free trips have been used by Go Card users, although the figure only represents 15.7% of all card holders.

The Public Transport Review Committee has suggested scrapping the trips because the saving was paid for by the 85% of travellers who did not take advantage of the saving.

Should the Queensland Government keep giving commuters a free 10th ride?

This poll ended on 13 June 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It's a good incentive to use public transport.

62%

No. Fares should be cheaper for everyone, not just people who travel on public transport every day.

33%

I don't use public transport so it doesn't affect me.

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Fairfax reports the government is considering cutting fares to increase passenger numbers.

The options include offering a 50% discount after nine trips, off-peak discounts or a lower number of zones.

Opposition Transport spokeman Andrew Powell called on the government to release the full findings of its review into public transport, rather than drip-feeding announcements to the media.

Mr Powell said the discounts introduced by the previous government had followed 15% fare hikes which has seen public transport patronage plummet.

The Sunshine Coast MP said the 10th trip free deal mean commuters could get one free ride at the end of the week.

Mr Powell said it saved him personally about $20 a week.

He said the alternative was seeing more people congesting the Bruce Highway and roads into Brisbane.

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