Fare revenue doubled

Bus fare revenue was doubled in the final half of the financial year, according to NT’s latest annual report

By Amie Hickland | October 29, 2013

An increase in bus fare revenue is one of the highlights for the Northern Territory Government, according to the Department of Transport Annual Report 2012-13.

Chief Executive Clare Gardiner-Banes says the department has made significant progress on high-priority issues for transport infrastructure and service, in her overview.

This includes the expansion of the bus network with technological advances, and a bus fare increase which increased revenue by 100 per cent in the final half of the year.

"These activities helped shape the built environment and improve the quality of life for people across the Northern Territory," she says.

Other highlights included putting up 25 disability compliant bus stops, implementing free Wi-Fi on Darwin and Alice Springs buses and providing transport for over 300 disability students.

The report also states the territory’s commitment to continue funding the Regional and Remote Bus Trail which started in 2010 and with an initial two-year trial period.

In the last financial year, more than 20,000 people used the service which is part of the Department of Health’s Patient Travel Assistance Scheme and supports local employment.

Free buses were also provided to the public for major sporting, cultural and entertainment events.

The report is now available online.

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