Goulburn and district bus fares to fall: Goward

Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor Brian McCormack with Hamish Fraser PBC Planner and Scheduler and Stacey Scott PBC manager at Crookwell earlier this year.
Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor Brian McCormack with Hamish Fraser PBC Planner and Scheduler and Stacey Scott PBC manager at Crookwell earlier this year.

Adult bus fares across the region are being cut by an average 30 per cent.

It follows the State’s introduction of a new fare structure for regional bus operators earlier this year.

Goulburn MP Pru Goward said the maximum adult fee for a 3km trip would be set at $2.30. Any trip longer than 200km would cost a maximum $48.20.

Ms Goward said the changes were 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: 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 discounts already in place for pensioner and senior concession card holders (Regional Excursion Daily) pensioners and seniors would 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,” she said.

The 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 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.

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