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Opal transfer discount supports long term transport management

Release Date: 18/05/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says the introduction of a transfer discount for public transport will improve the functioning of the Sydney CBD and provide further incentives to leave the car at home.  
“The New South Wales Government’s decision to accept IPART’s recommendation of an integrated fare structure for public transport will support long term transport management in the CBD and ensure that commuters aren’t penalised for changing modes of transport,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“Removing the current adverse pricing signals for users who change modes of transport gives commuters greater flexibility and choice, and posits public transport as the most convenient option for commuters and visitors accessing key precincts in the CBD.
“This is particularly important following last year’s changes to the bus network to accommodate the construction of the CBD Light Rail, with many more buses now terminating at train stations outside the CBD.
“The $2 transfer discount for passengers who switch between different forms of transport ensures that commuters are not unduly disadvantaged, and makes the prospect of interchanging much more attractive.
“The Government’s decision not to adopt the IPART recommendation to increase the savings for off-peak travel is a missed opportunity to increase the capacity of transport infrastructure to the city centre and address overcrowding on peak hour bus, rail and ferry services.
“While the Sydney Metro and CBD Light Rail projects will help to address increase capacity, action needs to be taken to spread peak demand and ensure we get better use out of our transport infrastructure.  
“Using price to encourage more people to travel outside normal travel times can be an effective tool, particularly when there are adequate public transport services outside of traditional peaks and employers take the lead and offer flexible working hours for employees,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 

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