SA seniors free public transport extended

By: Graham Gardiner


Following feedback from the public and service providers, the SA Government will offer free public transport to holders of a

Following feedback from the public and service providers, the SA Government will offer free public transport to holders of a State Seniors Card from 9.01am to 3pm on weekdays, all weekend and on public holidays from July 1 this year.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says the State Government has approved a change to the starting time from 9.30am to 9.01am to coincide with the current inter-peak period.

"The original time of 9.30 was put in place to allow the peak hour rush to clear however the three bus operators believe they can better manage the change-over from 9.01," he says.

"We’ve listened to their feedback as well as some suggestions from the community and made the change to avoid any confusion.

"The change will apply to trains, trams and buses on the Adelaide metropolitan system.

"This scheme has been welcomed by many people in the community and will help the elderly during the current period of global economic downturn."

Despite the current financial times, Conlon says the Government wants the elderly to continue to get out and about – "this is a great incentive to help them do that".

"It also helps us reach South Australia’s Strategic Plan target of increasing public transport use to 10 percent of weekday passenger vehicle kilometres travelled by 2018. It will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions," he says.

The current 50 percent ticket concession available to State Seniors Card holders and other concessions groups for peak-hour travel will be maintained.

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