Tas school fare hike

Tasmanian students will pay more for cash fares when catching school bus services in 2016

Tasmanian students and their parents are encouraged to obtain a Greencard and get on-board with Metro Tasmania’s electronic ticketing system ahead of the 2016 school year.

With most students starting back on February 3, Metro Tasmania is hoping more students will embrace electronic ticketing over the coming weeks and see its uptake increase throughout the year.

There have also been changes to school services as a part of the newly-redesigned network in Hobart and changes to the Launceston north timetable, which should give students more regular and direct services in most areas.

While student cash fares increased from $1.40 to $1.60 on January 3 this year, student Greencard fares are $1.28, with the added benefit of $3.20 daily caps.

The Greencard also allows free transfers within an hour and a half of the first boarding, as an added enticement.

While students can top up their Greencard on the bus, to avoid unnecessary delays to services on the first day of school, Metro Tasmania is asking students to have their Greencard topped-up and ready to go prior to travel.

The adoption of electronic ticketing should make Tasmania’s redesigned bus network even more efficient, as cash payment on boarding causes operational delays.

Metro Tasmania has also created a new school bus safety guide just in time for term one for parents whose child will be catching a school bus for the first time, which is now available on its website.

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