Low fares for New Year

Metro Tasmania and the Motor Accidents Insurance Board will offer low fares over New Years

Metro Tasmania in conjunction with the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) will again running the very popular Nightrider bus services on New Year’s Eve in Tasmania for a flat cash fare of just $2.

Metro chief executive officer Stuart Wiggins says the Nightrider services are designed to get people easily and safely to and from New Year’s Eve festivities.

"Metro, MAIB and Tasmania Police are encouraging people to leave their cars at home, take a bus to the festivities, enjoy themselves, then catch a bus back home for a flat fare of just $2 each way," he says.

"This year, in response to feedback from Metro passengers, we’ve decided to re-locate the Nightrider bus stops nearer to Royal Park to make it even more convenient for people to catch a bus home after New Year celebrations in Launceston."

The $2 flat cash fare will apply to all Metro services from 6pmon New Year’s Eve to the last services at 2.30am on New Year’s Day in Hobart and 1.30am in Burnie and Launceston.

In past years the late night New Year’s services have proven to be very popular with people taking advantage of the low cost public transport offer.

"These services are great for revellers, helping them to enjoy the festive season without the need to worry about parking or finding a ride home," says Wiggins.

Importantly, the ‘Nightrider’ services also have broader safety and community benefits.

The aim is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads caused by alcohol and drug-affected drivers by offering an accessible, cheap alternative to driving following festive celebrations.

It also helps to alleviate pressure on Tasmania police, the ambulance service, other emergency services and medical facilities by enabling the safe and efficient transport of large crowds.

MAIB chief executive officer Peter Roche says the MAIB is pleased to again be involved with this important safety initiative and encouraged the public to avail themselves of the service.

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