Ipswich charities first to get left-over Go Cards

There’s a hundred thousand reasons to catch buses in southern Queensland as TransLink doles out its left-over Go Cards

September 20, 2010

The first batch of left-over Go Cards from Queensland TransLink’s smartcard promotion has gone to charities in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says more than 330 charities inquired about the cards, with 100,000 being distributed over the next few weeks, each loaded with $10 credit.

"There was an overwhelming response to the giveaway," says Nolan.

The left-over cards will go to volunteer workers and those in need.

"These free go cards will make it easier for hard-working volunteers and disadvantaged Queenslanders to access public transport," Nolan says.

"The successful charities will be contacted shortly to receive their allocation of go cards.

She says training sessions will be available to help these organisations educate their volunteers and clients on how to use the Go Cards.

"The aim of the go card giveaway was to encourage more people to give public transport a go or make the switch from paper tickets."

Nolan claims Go Cards are used on more than 60 per cent of all trips taken on public transport in southern Queensland.

"I expect that figure to continue to rise as new users and charities take advantage of this offer," she says.

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