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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Free Transperth travel for seniors extended

WA Seniors Card holders, pensioners and carers can now enjoy free public transport for most of the day, with free travel on Transperth services expanded from today.

Seniors SmartRider holders were previously eligible for free travel between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. These passengers can now also travel without charge between 7pm and 6am on weekdays.

Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said expanded free travel during off-peak times would make it easier for seniors and carers to remain involved in the community.

"Public transport is a vital service for Western Australian seniors, providing a safe, accessible, comfortable and affordable way to travel throughout Perth and regional areas," Mr Simpson said.

"Seniors make a significant contribution to creating vibrant communities in many ways, whether it be through volunteering and part-time work, helping raise their grandchildren, patronage of the arts and culture or supporting local businesses."

From 2009 to March 2015, free off-peak travel has generated 48.4 million free boardings, representing a total saving of more than $32 million for eligible travellers.

For more information, call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 or click here

Fact File

  • Seniors can apply for a SmartRider in person at the WA Seniors Card Centre, obtain an application form from most banks, or online at http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au
  • Seniors SmartRiders are free, but passengers who wish to travel on a concession rate outside of free periods must load a minimum of $10 on to their card
  • In 20 years, the number of seniors in WA is expected to rise from 458,000 to 865,000
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