Cheaper public transport tickets reward Adelaide commuters
When: From Monday 7 October 2013
News Release Dated Monday 7 October 2013
New Metro card Initiatives being rolled out over next few months
A 28-day pass for unlimited travel and discount fares on Sundays and public holidays are among cheaper public transport options to be available soon through the new electronic Metrocard ticketing system.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the new passes and discount fares - which could save daily commuters up to $23.30 per month - will make it cheaper and more convenient for thousands of South Australians and visitors to travel on buses, trains and trams.
“Adelaide commuters want flexibility and they want to be rewarded for frequent travelling,” Mr Weatherill said.
“We also want to provide visitors to our city with a simple, convenient way to travel on our public transport and see all that Adelaide has to offer.
“These new Metrocard options and cheaper fares will provide discounts and choices.”
The new flexible options, which will be progressively introduced from December, include:
- 28-day Pass – provides Metrocard holders with an option to purchase a 28-day pass for unlimited travel on all Adelaide Metro services, saving daily commuters up to $17.60 per month. This is based on a 12 per cent discount on Monday to Friday return trips, with all additional peak, off peak and weekend trips free.
- Cheap Sunday and Public Holiday fares - Sunday and public holiday trips on Adelaide Metro buses, rail or trams will be almost halved to match the existing inter-peak fare. The current $3.29 regular Metrocard weekend fare will be reduced to $1.80 – saving the commuter $1.49 per trip.
- Extended free travel for seniors for all times other than the morning and afternoon peak weekday periods - The current arrangement where seniors can travel for free in off-peak between 9.01am and 3pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays will be extended to include after 7pm and before 7am on weekdays.
- Commuter Club – businesses joining the club can provide employees with the 28-day unlimited travel pass for an additional five per cent discount – saving daily commuters up to $23.30 per month. Commuter Club workplaces will also receive tailored route advice to promote public transport to and from work.
- Visitor Pass – tourists will be able to buy a one, three, or five-day pass with unlimited travel on Adelaide Metro services. The Metrocard will be badged with one of South Australia’s tourist icons so it can be retained as a keepsake.
The new options are contained in the State Government’s new Public Transport policy, which is part of the State Government’s plans for Building a Stronger South Australia.
View the Public Transport Policy (PDF 1.59 MB)
Further information on each of the new Metro Card ticketing options and fares outlined in the Public Transport Policy will be provided as each option becomes available.