Go cards only on buses and ferries

Commuters have been warned that only pre-paid go cards would be accepted on south east Queensland bus, train, CityCat, ferry and tram services from Wednesday 25 March, in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The Courier Mail reported passengers would have to board buses through rear doors, and the front passenger seat would also be cordoned off to protect drivers under new safety requirements.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said she was pleased to see Brisbane City Council and the State Government had taken measures to protect public transport users.

“During this time, it’s vital critical workers and people who need to access supermarkets and medical appointments have access to a reliable and affordable public transport system,” Dr Michael said.

“We’d also encourage anyone who is still using public transport to practice good hygiene and social distancing to reduce their risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.

“If you can travel off-peak, please do that – it’ll help us limit the number of people coming into contact with each other on board our buses, trains, and ferries.”

Dr Michael said the cashless measures would run until 31 December 2020 depending on how the coronavirus situation progressed.

“The good news for commuters is that go card fares are around 30 percent cheaper than a single paper ticket,” she said.

“To help with the change, TransLink is supplying community groups that support seniors and other vulnerable commuters with a limited number of pre-loaded go cards and instructions on how to use them.”

Go cards could be purchased and topped up through local retailers, online or by calling 13 12 30.