Tas card payment push

Tasmanian bus users encouraged to embrace electronic payment with cheaper fares

Metro Tasmania is pushing for bus users to adopt its Greencard payment system by making electronic payments cheaper than cash tickets.

Trips paid for by Greencard became 20 per cent cheaper than cash fares on October 1, the organisation no longer offer 90-minute transfers on cash tickets and daily caps have also been lowered for those making more than one journey.

"Electronic payment makes it easier and quicker to board a bus, which allows us provide a more efficient service," Metro Tasmania wrote in a statement on the changes.

 "You won’t need to worry about finding the right change, demonstrating a concession, or knowing which kind of ticket to ask for.

"Getting a Greencard is easy and we’ll make it even easier as we bring in these changes, by waiving the $5 issue fee for a new card until October 18."

The operator hosted a series of community engagement workshops around Hobart, Burnie and Launceston to explain the changes and give bus users information on how to get a Greencard and make the most of the discounts last month.

Although free 90-minute transfers on cash tickets are no longer given, Greencard customers will get a 90-minute free transfer period, which should encourage more bus users to embrace the system.

The operator is also offering free travel for senior Greencard holders this week only, those who don’t have one are encouraged to visit the Metro Tasmania depot in Hobart, Burnie or Launceston.

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