03 July 2015
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has welcomed Metro releasing information to address the growing anxiety in the community about its plans to move to largely cashless tickets on its buses.
“A number of elderly constituents have contacted my office concerned that Metro was completely phasing out cash tickets and the difficulties they would have with these changes,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
“They were worried they would have been left on the side of the road because there are only eight agents in the whole of greater Hobart to purchase and top up the cashless ticketing Greencard option.’’
Mr Wilkie said the changes were clearly designed to encourage people to switch to Greencards and were a stepping stone to an entirely cashless system.
“While the retention of paper tickets (cash) for single trips is welcome, a lot of people rely on day tickets,’’ he said.
“From October, elderly and vulnerable Tasmanians who do not make the switch to a Greencard will no longer be able to use cash to buy paper day tickets.
“Metro must now clearly explain these changes to the travelling public and ensure that commuters are not disadvantaged in any way by these changes.
“The vacuum of information up until now has caused a lot of anxiety in the community and Metro must learn from this and improve its communication with the public as it implements these significant changes.’’