Bus fares to rise in Warwick
WARWICK'S bus service fares will increase this month after a three-year freeze on regional state fare prices.
Fares will increase 10c a trip in line with the independently set Bus Cost Index which measures annual changes in bus service costs in regional Queensland, including driver's wages, fuel and maintenance.
A adult fare in Warwick will increase by 10c to $2.30.
There will also be a 10c price rise across the pensioner, student and child fares.
Haidley's Panoramic Coaches manager Cameron Haidley said the price rise will come into effect on January 22.
"Anyone who uses the service we know we cover all of Warwick, all of the estates and everywhere within the city limits,” he said.
"When Queensland transport set up the bus service, they set it up so everyone was within 500m of a bus stop.
"The Warwick city bus service is actually one of the longest continuously running urban services in the state.”
Mr Haidley said there were concessions for frequent travellers.
"Operate with a twenty trip ticket and get four free trips on that ticket,” he said.
"You can get those from drivers or the depot.
"And any child whose parents have a healthcare card can apply for SafetyNet, can get a huge 90% saving on a weekly ticket with 10 trips.”
Warwick bus user John Jones said the service was a pleasure to use.
"The drivers are so helpful and friendly and the buses are always on time and very clean,” he said.
"A 10c pay rise is nothing at all.
"It costs me less that $2 to get to my house, it's almost $10 times that in a taxi.
"If you get yourself a timetable, the bus service can work really well for you, I highly recommend it.”
Head of Translink Matt Longland said the cost of regional bus travel remained affordable with zone prices well below those in South East Queensland.
"We've ensured the cost of travel remains affordable on bus services across regional Queensland,” he said.
For more information on public transport contact your local operator or visit translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.