It’s hard work living in the big smoke. That’s what a lot of commuters will be thinking after Brisbane public transport fares rose across Brisbane and southeast Queensland.
The Brisbane Times reports that changes to the fares will be based on the local Consumer Price Index, with a 1.5 per cent increase translating to between five and 12 cents extra per trip for most passengers.
According to indexation, a one-zone adult Go Card journey has increased by five cents to $3.25, a four-zone journey 12 cents to $7.97. People travelling eight zones will see a price rise of 29 cents per trip.
Needless to say, the backlash has been swift. “Trains aren't turning up on time, we've got less train services and yet the Queensland government decided to put fares up,” the Times quoted LNP leader Deb Frecklington as saying.
TransLink also copped it on Facebook, many users agreeing — not unreasonably — with Frecklington’s point about increasing fares at a time when Queensland Rail remains under fire for last year’s issues with service cancellations.
The last fare increase was in 2014 under the Campbell Newman government. On that occasion, fares rose by 7.5 percent.
Read the entire Brisbane Times report here.