Free public transport on first Sunday each month
Western Australians will soon have another reason to catch public transport, with access to free all-day travel on the first Sunday of each month as part of the plan to attract more people to public transport and help ease cost of living pressures.
The 'Fare Free Sunday Sessions' initiative, which will begin on 4 June to coincide with the WA Day long weekend, aims to encourage more people to use public transport on weekends, supporting local hospitality and entertainment businesses.
Based on public transport patronage figures over the past year, this equates to about 400,000 free trips across the network each year, with the hope of boosting that figure over the duration of the trial and beyond.
The free travel will apply to people using SmartRider cards, so the number of rides can be tracked and the two-year policy assessed.
It can also be accessed by passengers in Bunbury and Karratha where TransRegional Sunday bus services operate.
SmartRiders are available at Transperth InfoCentres and selected retail outlets, and the Public Transport Authority will run a campaign in coming months to rollout more SmartRiders.
The initiative will complement the Government's existing two-zone cap scheme, which has saved regular public transport users in the outer suburbs thousands of dollars in the past year.
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