Lower public transport fares for more veterans

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An expansion in eligibility for concession travel will see veterans with a disability, widows and dependent children who lost a parent among those saving on public transport fares.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said it means additional eligible veterans, widows, widowers and dependents of deceased service men and women can benefit from unlimited travel on the Opal network capped at $2.50 per day.

“Veteran Gold Card holders will pay less for public transport throughout NSW. They can take advantage of Opal fares as low as 80 cents for buses and light rail (from July 6) and rural and regional bus fares starting at $1.20.”

“This expansion puts more money into the pockets of those who are in need by lowering the cost of travel in the cities as well as in regional and rural NSW,” Mr Constance said.

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the concession will help card holders lead more connected lives.

“The extension of concession travel to all holders of a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Gold Card is a practical way we can support our ex-service men and women, and their families, in their day-to-day lives,” Mr Lee said.

All NSW residents with a Veteran Gold Card can apply for a Gold Opal card to travel on concession fares from 30 June.

The new look Veteran Gold Card is being issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to eligible recipients in a phased rollout during 2020. All other benefits and entitlements will remain unchanged. The card will replace all existing DVA gold health cards and is being sent to card holders before their health card expires.

Eligible veterans, widow/ers and dependent children will need to carry their DVA Veteran Gold Card or DVA Gold Health Card as proof of entitlement to concession travel.

Key benefits include:

-        A Gold Opal card to travel on the Opal network for no more than $2.50 per day.

-        Rural and regional concession fares including the $2.50 Regional Excursion Daily (RED) bus tickets and the $2.50 Country Pensioner Excursion tickets for NSW TrainLink Regional.