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Queenslanders woke up to the positive news on Sunday morning that starting August 5th, for the next six months, public transport in Queensland—including trains, buses, and ferries—will cost just 50 cents per trip.

“Queenslanders are doing it tough, but they can trust that my government is here to help, and we’re doing what matters to Queensland,” said Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

Recent data shows that public transport usage is currently about 13 per cent below pre-COVID levels, which has led to increased traffic congestion and higher living costs.

Despite bipartisan support from the state opposition, the LNP remains sceptical, especially in the lead-up to a state election. Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Jarrod Bleijie, highlighted that “some issues” with the frequency and reliability of the current public transport system still need to be addressed.

We expect that UQ staff and students will benefit from the flat cost of travel during semester 2, especially when the added cost of parking is taken into consideration.

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  • Errol Phuah

    Errol studying a Masters of Educational Studies. He has a keen interesting in reporting on Higher Education news and is one of your Deputy Chief Editors of Semper Floreat in 2024.

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