As announced last June 2019 by Lord Mayor Schrinner, seniors in Toowong and the rest of Brisbane will now enjoy free off-peak travel on BCC buses, as well as CityCats and ferries.
Beginning October, BCC is providing free off-peak travel for eligible senior go card holders during specific times, with plans to apply the initiative to the future Brisbane Metro.
“Free travel during off-peak times will not only make better use of available capacity – it will create more opportunities for older residents to travel around the city and connect with family and friends,” LM Schrinner said in his 2019-20 Budget Speech.
“It’s also about giving something back to the generations who have worked hard and contributed much to help build our city and our community.
“Social isolation and loneliness amongst older residents is consistently a major concern raised by community researchers.
“The evidence clearly shows that older residents are more likely to live on their own.
“Making it possible for seniors to get out and about more, at no cost, has the potential to bring many positive benefits to our community and may also support the tens of thousands of volunteer hours put in by seniors across our city each year in community based organisations.”
Beginning 1 October 2019, free off-peak travel will be available for TransLink Seniors go card and Seniors Card +go holders.
This Council initiative will apply on the following times and transport services:
|Off-peak times||Brisbane City Council buses||CityCats and ferries|
|WeekdaysMonday-Friday||Available8.30am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am the next day||Available8.30am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am the next day|
|Gazetted Queensland public holidays on weekdays (Monday-Friday)||AvailableAll day||AvailableAll day|
|WeekendsSaturday-Sunday||AvailableAll day||Not availableNormal off-peak fares apply|
|Gazetted Queensland public holidays on weekends (Saturday-Sunday)||AvailableAll day||Not availableNormal off-peak fares apply|
Since Queensland Rail trains are state government controlled, free off-peak travel will not apply.
For more information about Seniors go card and Seniors Card +go, and how to apply for a go card, visit this TransLink website.