Freeze spares commuters from rising transport fares

Share Canberra's trusted news:

AN ACT government freeze on public transport will spare commuters travelling during peak times an increased fee hike of about $1.60 a week. 

A fare hike, initially planned for tomorrow (June 1) would have put the cost to $33.50. Instead, weekly travel during peak times will cost an adult commuter, who uses a MyWay card and makes two journeys a day on weekdays, an unchanged average of $32.20 per week.

The government’s announcement to freeze fares is in response to the financial stress of COVID-19.

But, at the same time, Transport Minister Chris Steel continues to advise people against using public transport during peak times.

The off-peak commuter – that’s a traveller who pays adult fares, uses a MyWay, and makes two journeys each weekday during off-peak times – will continue to pay about $25.50 a week, avoiding a $1.30 a week rise in fares.

An average school student is spared about 60c each week, during the fare freeze period. They will continue to pay a weekly fare of about $12.20.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleLetters / Racial crisis calls for meaningful ideas
Next articleDefence money repurposed to fight cyber threats

Leave a Reply