Opal card commuters on Sydney’s buses should receive concessions for the lengthy delays they’re forced to endure during light rail construction along George Street.
The NSW Opposition is pushing for commuters using an Opal card to get into and around the City Centre to get an extra day of free travel during the working week on top of what they already receive through the Opal card system.
Commuters currently receive a free day’s travel after eight trips; this policy would drop the number of required trips to six.
According to figures from the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy, there are currently 151,400 bus trips into and within the City Centre each day.
Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park has today written to the Minister for Transport Andrew Constance urging him to implement the commuter concessions.
It is estimated the cost of concessions for commuters during the period of construction chaos would be approximately $65 million.
That is equivalent to two of the Government’s botched Tibby Cotter Walkway Bridges – which is projected to cost taxpayers $38 million.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park
“Thousands of commuters all across Sydney are going to have to swap buses and deal with delays for 64 week – it’s only fair that they get a concession on their travel.”
“Giving these commuters an extra day of free travel during the working week would take the sting out of delays, dust, noise and disruption that they’ll be forced to face.”
“The Baird Government is forking out $1 million for the Centennial and Moore Park Trust but it refuses to consider the commuters and business owners wearing the burden of George Street construction chaos.”
“Asking commuters to bear the brunt of construction chaos and mass disruption in the Sydney CBD while lining the pockets of government bureaucracies is plain unfair.”