The WA Government is encouraging the people of Perth to leave the car at home this summer and jump on a train or bus, with all public transport being free from December 24-January 28.
It’s hoped the $10.4 million initiative will provide a little cossie livs relief, while encouraging people to get out and support small businesses around town where they can over the holiday period.
“We know rising interest rates mean families are doing it tough over the summer holidays – which can make it difficult to take the kids for a day out,” said Premier Roger Cook.
“Every little bit helps, and our Summer of Free Public Transport can mean savings of around $30 for a family day out in the city.”
The scheme will be available for all SmartRider users in Metropolitan Perth and regional WA.
According to the Government, this could mean savings of up to $100 for a family of four travelling into the city, including the cost of fares, driving and/or parking.
“We know at this time of year, many families choose to jump on public transport to get around, so this is one way we can provide some cost-of-living relief, while also encouraging people to get out and support small business,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“My message to people is to leave the car at home – jump on a bus or train – and make the most of the free public transport on offer this summer.”
If you don’t have a SmartRider, you can grab one from a wide range of retail outlets and Transperth InfoCentres – get more info via the Transperth website.