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Public transport fares are expected to increase on July 1, with the New South Wales Government about to sign off on a rise of almost two percent.
9NEWS has learned Transport Minister Andrew Constance is likely to resist the temptation of a pre-election fare freeze, opting instead for an increase of 1.9 percent in line with inflation.
The $2.50 Gold Opal fare will remain unchanged.
It is the third year the government has ignored the advice of The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), who recommended an annual increase of 4.2 percent on all fares until 2019.
A fare from Penrith to Town Hall would increase by 13 cents from $6.61 to $6.74 where as a bus trip from Blacktown to Baulkham Hills will jump 9 cents and cost $4.70.
Public transport in NSW is set to be more expensive from July 1.The weekly cap for commuters will jump to $62.80.
The CPI increase is the same as 2017, with Mr Constance admitting that IPART's recommendations were at odds with helping Sydneysiders with cost of living.
"We just believe that 4.2 percent is too heavy a burden for commuting families," he said last year.
Public transport in NSW is heavily subsidised, with Sydney Trains roughly recouping just 25 percent of costs through fares.
An official announcement is expected in the next week.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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