YOUR LETTERS: Public transport fares complicated for seniors
MOST public transport jurisdictions in Australia either have simple flat fares for seniors or allow them to travel free out of peak.
Here in south-east Queensland, seniors have a daily complete two paid journeys then travel free cap on the go card.
This cap favours seniors who are served by frequent public transport services, as they can easily complete two short paid journeys (each journey needs to be separated by an hour if the same or adjoining zones).
Others need to be a little more inventive to achieve the two paid journeys.
One Monday last, I travelled to the Gold Coast and rode the G: light rail and some buses, all for free, apart from my inbound journey from Goodna to the Valley. I am a senior.
As I live at Goodna I need to be a little smart on achieving the two paid journeys quickly.
I have a secondary go card which can be used to break up a journey into a number of trips.
On Monday, I touched on at Goodna rail with my Seniors Go card and travelled to Darra. I then touched off - this is a zone 5 to zone 4 peak fare of #2.07 (two- zone concession fare). I then touched on with a secondary go card and travelled to Central.
At Central I touched off with my secondary go card and then back on with my Seniors Go card and travelled to Fortitude Valley (zone one to zone one).
As this second journey is separated by two or more zones another journey is initiated. I then touched off at Fortitude Valley, a one-zone peak concession fare of $1.77. I then need to wait one hour (the transfer time limit) and I have then achieved the two-paid journey cap.
From that point travel is free.
Isn't this farcical? Many seniors understandably have trouble understanding these concepts and just give up in despair.
All the other jurisdictions in Australia do the fair thing, simple flat fares or free travel. In Queensland the fare system is just a big mess.
ROBERT DOW, Rail Back On Track
Control for kids
RE: "Remote control kids" 24/07. My eyes lit up when I saw this bold headline. What a help that would be in caring for children.
Press a button and that's where they will move or stop or return. But no! It's remote control toys!
Oh well, more fun not being battery controlled I guess.
JUDI COX, Springfield