Free bus travel begins at 70

THE age when seniors get free bus travel on MyWay cards will be dropped from 75 to 70, providing free bus travel for close to 9,000 members of the community.

Shane Rattenbury

TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury

Public transport will become more accessible to older Canberrans when the age of free travel is dropped on July 1, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“Many older Canberrans face financial difficulties,” Mr Rattenbury said. “Lowering the age for free travel will improve their access to public transport and enable more of the elderly to fully participate in society, whether that’s going to the shops, socialising with friends, or just going on an outing.”

Eligible seniors with a MyWay card will automatically be upgraded to receive free travel from July 1, and seniors now eligible for free bus travel will be able to transfer any remaining credit on their MyWay card to another user, or get a refund.

Mr Rattenbury says the ACTION network is an easy way for seniors to travel, with over 55 per cent of ACTION buses featuring a low floor and the ability to accommodate two wheelchairs.

Forms to request a credit transfer or refund are available online or at ACT Libraries, Council on the Aging, Canberra Connect Shopfronts, as are replacement Seniors MyWay cards.

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