Cheaper bus fares are here

by | Mar 6, 2018

From today, bus customers in the Bathurst Electorate will benefit from adult regional bus fares being cut by almost 30 per cent on average, following the NSW Government’s introduction of a new fare structure for regional bus operators.

The NSW Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review bus fares in regional and rural areas in February last year to ensure services were delivering the best value for money for our customers.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today welcomed the changes as a win for customers and operators.

“IPART’s review found fares were higher than what customers were willing to pay, resulting in lower patronage on regional services and we want to change that,” Mr Toole said.

“That’s why we’ve implemented a simpler fare structure in response to the Tribunal’s recommendations.

“By dropping the price of the maximum fare, we hope to make bus services more appealing to local residents and encourage higher patronage numbers which means a boost for local operators.”

The new pricing structure will introduce 10 standard fare bands, which will apply across regional and rural NSW. The maximum adult fare for a short trip of 3 kilometres will be set at $2.30, while any trip longer than 200 kilometres will have a maximum fare of $48.20.

“We’re also introducing a new Daily Ticket which will provide customers with unlimited travel within certain sections within a day. Daily adult tickets will start at $6.90 for short trips while eligible concession holders will pay half the adult fare,” Mr Toole said.

Mr Toole added thats the Government was still committed to upholding the discounts already in place for pensioner and senior concession card holders confirming the Regional Excursion Daily (RED) ticket for pensioners and seniors will remain at $2.50.

“The RED ticket is such a great affordable option for seniors and pensioners to access discounted fares, offering unlimited local daily bus travel for just $2.50,” he said.

RED tickets are accepted by more than 600 local bus operators in regional centres around NSW including some school bus routes and there’s no limit to how often you can purchase RED tickets, eligible customers can travel with one every day if they need to.