Free after tea for WA seniors

Free Transperth travel for seniors has been extended to include travel in the evening

Older members of the community who hold a seniors card will be entitled to free bus fares after 7pm in Western Australia.

Seniors SmartRider Card holders were previously eligible for free off-peak travel between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.

WA seniors and volunteering minister Tony Simpson says expanded free travel during off-peak times was great news, as it was likely to encourage seniors to remain involved in the community by making it cheaper and easier for them to get around.

"Public transport is a vital service for Western Australian seniors, providing a safe, accessible, comfortable and affordable way to travel throughout Perth and regional areas," he says.

"Seniors make a significant contribution to creating vibrant communities in many ways, whether it be through volunteering and part-time work, helping raise their grandchildren, patronage of the arts, or supporting local businesses."

The Transperth scheme was introduced in 2009 and has proven popular with WA seniors as more than 48 million free rides taken up to March this year, saving card holders $32 million and counting.

Passengers who need to travel on a concession rate outside of free periods must load a minimum of $10 on to their card.

The number of seniors in WA is expected to rise from 458,000 to 865,000 over the next 20 years.

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