FREE RIDE: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate (left) and Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe, with senior bus traveller Sarah and Councillor Kristyn Boulton at the Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens Centre.
FREE RIDE: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate (left) and Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe, with senior bus traveller Sarah and Councillor Kristyn Boulton at the Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens Centre.

Free bus travel for seniors continues

GOLD Coast seniors will be able to travel free on local buses for another four years.

Mayor Tom Tate and the Queensland Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe made the announcement on June 22, ahead of the delivery of the City Budget.

"Following its tremendous success, free seniors bus travel will now remain in effect until June 2020," Cr Tate said.

"Thanks to an agreement with TransLink, we have now secured a deal which will provide seniors with free travel every week-day between 8.30am and 3.30pm.

"With more than 26,000 already registered for this program, this is wonderful news for our city's seniors. It improves their quality of life and empowers them to be more independent."

Since the program began in September 2013, more than two million trips have been made by Gold Coast seniors on TransLink buses.

Labrador Seniors' Centre co-ordinator Megan Shirley said many of the seniors who attended the centre used public transport.

"They catch the bus, come to our centre, see friends, do arts and craft, yoga and a host of other things which keeps them active and makes them feel a real part of the community," she said.

To be eligible for free bus travel, passengers must hold a TransLink Seniors red go card, be a Gold Coast resident and complete an application.

Registered free travel seniors are provided with a sticker to attach to their go card which they simply show to the bus driver when they board.

Call 1300 465 326 with inquiries or visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/

 

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