Just in case you were starting to think you weren’t paying quite enough for your bus trips, NSW‘s pricing regulator IPART (Independent Pricing And Regulatory Tribunal, you can probably forget that straight away) has recommended ditching the free end-of-week trips Opal card holders have been getting.
Instead commuters would get a 50% discount on every fare after the eighth, which is good news for people who take exactly 10 trips during the week.
Other proposed changes are a $2 rebate if you switch modes of transport during the trip (to [almost] make up for being charged twice), an increase on the daily cap from $15 to $18 and a 4.2% increase in price per year over the next 3 years.
The NSW Government has responded saying they will read the report and then decide whether to implement the changes, which seems like the best order to do things in.
The Opposition has criticised the proposed changes, suggesting it will hit Western Sydney commuters the hardest and recommending the Government choose something that instead keeps fare increases inline with inflation.
Source: The ABC.
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