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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will review the zone payment structure for Perth’s train system, as the McGowan Government launches a major advertising blitz to encourage people to use public transport.
Unveiling the transport campaign, Ms Saffioti said she believed there were some issues with the current zone structure for the train network – which is sometimes criticised as confusing to tourists and irregular public transport users.
But the Transport Minister promised that any restructure of fares would leave commuters no worse off.
“I think fares are reasonable,” she said.
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“I think there are some issues and I raised them in opposition about the complexity of the fare structure. So it’s something that we will be looking at in particularly the amount of zones in particular in NSW and Victoria who have simplified their zone structure.
“What we will do is make sure people are not worse off.”
The Government’s $1.25 million transport campaign seeks to push commuters to give the train and bus network a go, arguing it is quicker and cheaper than driving and parking in the CBD.
The Government admitted data showed only limp growth in the use of public transport, though the decline that began in 2013 had been reversed.
Figures show there was just a 0.74 per cent increase in overall patronage of the transport network in 2018.
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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