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QUEENSLAND commuters will be showered with millions of dollars of giveaways and off-peak discounts to lure them from paper tickets to Go Cards.
But those who fail to take up the new technology will be slapped with massive fare rises of up to 40 per cent.
About 400,000 Go Cards – each loaded with $10 free credit – will be given away, while Go Card users will receive incentives for travelling outside of peak times for the first time.
The changes are part of a radical new Bligh Government public transport strategy to be unveiled today, including the first fare rise since August last year.
The Courier-Mail can reveal Go Card fares will rise about 20 per cent from the new year, while paper ticket users will suffer increases of up to 40 per cent.
But the five-year plan also outlines a long-term price increase strategy to wind back subsidising public transport, with 15 per cent annual fare hikes scheduled from 2011 to 2014.
Link to full article at The Courier-Mail
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