Pensioners, families big winners in light rail ticket changes
The NSW Government will incorporate light rail into the MyZone ticketing system to save commuters time and money and boost public transport use, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced today.
The move means from 27 June commuters who use MyMulti tickets as part of the MyZone system to travel on trains, buses and ferries will also be able to travel on the light rail network.
Pensioners and families will benefit too as light rail will – for the first time – be included in pensioner excursion tickets and Family Funday Sunday tickets.
The O’Farrell Government’s 100-Day Action Plan committed to commence negotiations to incorporate existing light rail services from Central to Lilyfield into the MyZone ticketing system.
Ms Berejiklian said the Government had gone even further by not only negotiating, but delivering the change, within the first 100 days.
“This is great news for commuters, tourists, pensioners and families,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Including light rail in MyZone means a more integrated ticketing system and less hassle for commuters who want access to all modes of public transport in Sydney on one ticket,” she said.
Tickets that will now be recognised on light rail:
- MyMulti weekly (adult and concession)
- MyMulti 28-day, 90-day and 365-day
- MyMulti Day Pass (adult and concession)
- Pensioner Excursion Tickets
- Family Funday Sunday tickets
“Labor opposed light rail during the 2007 election and excluded light rail from the MyZone ticketing system when it was first launched in April 2010.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have always been strong advocates of light rail, and today we are backing our words with action and cleaning up Labor’s mess.
“Including light rail in MyZone will increase access to public transport and encourage more people to get out of their cars.”
MyZone tickets will now be recognised on the 7.2 kilometre Inner West Light Rail route between Central Station and Lilyfield, where an adult return now costs $5.90 and a concession $4.40 for the full length of the line.
A 5.6 kilometre extension of the light rail network to Dulwich Hill is under construction.
Incorporating the light rail ticket into the MyZone system will cost a maximum of $2.5 million per year.
The NSW Government has also established a light rail project team to conduct a feasibility study into further extensions to the network in the CBD, the University of NSW and the University of Sydney.
“Light rail will also be included in the future electronic ticketing system because light rail will only succeed in Sydney if it is part of the broader public transport network,” Ms Berejiklian said.
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