The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) today released its determination on bus fares in rural and regional areas. On 1 January 2012, maximum fares for country town services will rise on average by 2.4%. Some fares will not change, but others will rise by between 10 cents and 60 cents for a single ticket. Country town services typically operate within the boundaries of towns with more than 7,500 people. Maximum fares for rural services will fall on average by 8%. Fares for journeys up to 16 kilometres will fall by between 20 cents and 70 cents. Fares for longer distance journeys will fall by up to $2.00 for a single ticket. Rural services operate outside country towns, in villages and between villages and towns.