QLD claims axed Carbon Tax a windfall for public transport commuters

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Queenslanders have been invited to have their say on how to reinvest carbon tax savings into improving public transport services in their state.  An online survey is asking people to choose between either cheaper public transport fares or more services.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said “with the carbon tax gone we want to re-invest the savings of about $30 million a year into improving public transport for families.”

Mr Emerson said if people choose a fare reduction, a passenger travelling from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast each week day could save an additional $320 a year. “That’s a saving of $2000 a year compared to Labor’s policy of on-going 15 per cent fare increases.” He said the other option could see approximately 1000 more public transport services allocated across Queensland per week.”

Up to 80,000 passengers will continue to benefit from the free travel after nine weekly journeys initiative.

The online survey, that closes at midnight, Sunday September 14, can be accessed via the TransLink website: http://translink.com.au

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