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Public transport fares in the Harbour City will be halved on journeys taken outside peak periods, as the NSW Government encourages commuters to "retime their day" amid easing coronavirus restrictions across the state.
The changes, which will affect bus, train, metro and light rail services but not ferries, come amid increasing patronage on public transport as coronavirus restrictions ease across the state.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said people who travelled long distances would save the most.
He said the shake-up was designed to encourage commuters to "retime their day" as thousands of people transition back into workplaces and return to on-campus learning.
Earlier this week, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced increases to the number of people who would be allowed on public transport services, after capacity was cut during the coronavirus crisis due to social-distancing.
Health authorities have urged the public to observe social distancing, but crowded carriages and stations could make that difficult.
Mr Constance said customers should stagger essential travel on the public transport network to take advantage of the savings.
From July 6, the morning peak travel time will be between 6:30am and 10:00am, while the afternoon peak will be 4:00pm to 6:30pm.
The major public transport fare changes were aimed to reduce peak-hour congestion.(Supplied: Graham Colborne)The price cut on off-peak travel will be in place for three months, before a permanent 30 per cent discount is introduced on bus and light rail services.
How much your off-peak fare will change from July 6 depends on where you're travelling.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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