We have made a draft decision to increase single fares by an average of 5% each year.
We have also made the following draft recommendations to the NSW Government:
- Discounts for more passengers – Currently there are discounts for heavy public transport users, including 50% off after 8 trips in a week, and a $50 weekly cap. New passes should be introduced for passengers travelling 3-4 days a week that are discounted compared to the single fare.
- More off-peak fares – There are currently off-peak fare for trains. Introducing off-peak fares for bus and light rail as well would reduce infrastructure costs over the long term by encouraging some passengers to travel outside the peak.
- More integrated fares – To encourage efficient delivery and operation of the network, travel passes should be introduced so that passengers pay the same regardless if they travel on train, bus or light rail.
- Greater access for low income passengers – Lower fare options should be available for healthcare card holders to reduce barriers to participation in the community.
Our proposed fares provide the NSW Government the opportunity to give passengers greater choice without further reductions in financial sustainability. Implementing all of our draft recommendations would increase the average fare by around 2.5% each year.