Sunshine Coast commuter advocate Jeff Addison said he would save about $320 a year.
Sunshine Coast commuter advocate Jeff Addison said he would save about $320 a year. Warren Lynam

Fare reduction just the ticket for Coast commuters

SUNSHINE Coast commuters are set to save about $300 a year after the State Government's slashing of public transport fares.

Queenslanders had two weeks to decide how to spend $30 million of carbon tax savings - increased transport services or reduced fares.

Premier Campbell Newman said as a result, there would be a 5% reduction to all public transport tickets from November 3.

"Fares will also be frozen in 2015 so Queenslanders across the state will save up to 7.5% next year," he said.

A regular weekday passenger travelling a 16-zone trip from Sunshine Coast to Brisbane CBD will save almost $297.

Sunshine Coast commuter advocate Jeff Addison said he would save about $320 a year.

"It's only $6.75 a week (reduction) but every little bit counts," he said.

"In the current financial climate, I appreciate that.

"Hopefully it will also encourage people to use public transport, that would be a good thing."

Mr Addison, who caught the train from Palmwoods to Central Station in Brisbane every weekday, said the cheaper fares was an obvious choice for Sunshine Coast commuters.

"From feedback received from passengers, eight out of 10 prefer the fare cuts given what they pay throughout the week for long-distance travel," he said.

"One of the reasons people up here didn't vote for extra services was because with the train on our current single line track, extra services can't happen until the duplication of the rail."

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said almost 22,000 people from across Queensland gave their view, and 74% voted for cheaper fares.

"We left it up to Queenslanders to decide where almost $30 million of carbon tax savings should be reinvested and their clear choice was a reduction in fares," he said. "Queenslanders have said fares are too expensive, having increased by 52% in the last three years under Labor."

Mr Addison said while he welcomed the fare reduction, he would have liked to see a concession for the unemployed introduced.

"We're currently the only state in Australia that don't extend any concession to the unemployed," he said.

"If you're unemployed and need to find a job, you're up against it from the beginning."



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