Go Card giveaway extends to charities

Charity groups around southern Queensland are being urged to log-in to TransLink’s website on Monday and apply for remaining Go Cards from a recent giveaway campaign

August 6, 2010

From Monday, charities and not-for-profit groups in southern Queensland can apply for remaining Go Cards left over from TransLink’s $400,000 Go Card giveaway campaign.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says the remaining cards each have $10 travel credit.

"Many organisations have already expressed interest and others will be encouraged to do so," Nolan says.

"We want to make it easier for volunteers and disadvantaged Queenslanders to get access to public transport."

Nolan says the campaign was a success with almost 300,000 cards given away through community events, flyers and online.

"We are already seeing more people on public transport after the initial stages of the giveaway with 2.52 million trips taken using Go Card last week - an increase of about 200,000 on the level of Go Card use prior to the giveaway," she says.

"In just two years since Go Card was launched, 1.3 million have been issued and are now used for two-thirds of all public transport trips on the TransLink network."

Earlier this week the Tourism and Transport Forum rated Go Card as the benchmark smartcard ticketing system in Australia.

TTF rated Go Card as ‘the best there is’ and suggests other states could follow Queensland's smartcard.

"Go Card is now part of south-east Queensland’s lifestyle, whether you are a regular public transport user or not," Nolan says.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations can register interest in receiving Go Cards from Monday August 9 at the TransLink website.

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