TAS bus fares increase

Most passengers will face a 20 cent increase on fares this year

TAS bus fares increase
Metro has increased fares by 20 cents

Most Metro bus fares in Tasmania have increased by 20 cents a trip to keep in line with the level of inflation.

Chief Executive Officer Heather Haselgrove says the new fares continue the company’s policy of keeping increases as low as possible to assist commuters and encourage patronage.

"In 2011 and 2012 Metro kept adult fare increases to the level of inflation and, as was the case this year, for 2014 we’ve opted for a 20 cent increase for the majority of fares," Haselgrove says.

"Again, we’ve exempted all student fares from any increase, along with concession fares in urban areas. In most cases, concession fares in non-urban areas will increase by 10 cents a trip.

"We are aware that for some passengers even small increases are difficult and that is why we’re keeping fares as low as possible."

Haselgrove reminds passengers they could save money with the 20 per cent discount on fares when they used Greencard instead of cash.

"On a short urban trip using Greencard saves 60 cents a trip and up to $1.24 per trip on a long urban adult fare," she explains.

The new fares came into effect on January 5.

There will be no increase in concession and student fares in urban areas and fare increases for Metro services in non-urban areas have been kept to a minimum.



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