Concession fare cuts for new light rail extension

Published 29th January, 2014 in Transport

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced light rail customers won’t pay any extra to travel on the new Inner West Light Rail Extension when the new service begins.

Artists impression of light rail station

Ms Berejiklian said full fare tickets will remain at the same price for customers travelling on the new extension – to be included in Zone 2. This means customers will be able to travel almost twice the distance as before, from Dulwich Hill to Central, without paying any more.

There will also be a drop in concession fare prices and more customers will be eligible for a concession fare.

“The opening of the Inner West Light Rail Extension will see concession entitlements brought into line with buses, trains and ferries, which for the first time means students and all pensioners will be eligible for a concession fare on light rail,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This continues the work that the NSW Government started in 2011 to integrate light rail into the wider public transport network, when we expanded MyMulti, Pensioner Excursion Tickets and Family Funday Sunday tickets to cover light rail services,” she said.

“Discounted concession tickets will be replaced with a more generous half fare concession, consistent with other modes of transport.

“For example, a single zone concession on light rail will go down from $2.40 to $1.80, and a two-zone concession will go down from $3.60 to $2.30.”

More customers will be eligible for concession fares on light rail, including:

  • All eligible tertiary students;
  • All NSW school students including those aged 15 years or over, who were not previously entitled to a concession fare on light rail.
  • Ex-Member of the Defence Forces pass holders, who will be able to use their passes to travel free on light rail;
  • All pensioners – not just aged pensioners as was the case before;

Infants under four years of age - rather than under six - will be able to ride for free, bringing that entitlement into line with other public transport services.

Ms Berejiklian said the extension is due to open in coming months and will connect the existing light rail service, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and will run along the former Rozelle freight rail corridor, through the inner west to Dulwich Hill.

“The extension will improve access to public transport and connections between where people live and work and will also provide better opportunities to get to major shopping and entertainment hubs such as the Sydney Fish Markets, Star City, Paddy’s Markets, Capitol Square and Leichhardt Marketplace,” she said.

“The Opal card will be available for use on light rail in 2015 and light rail fares for Opal will be announced closer to the time.”

Published 29th January, 2014 in Transport