Submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) have proposed a package of changes to public transport fares in NSW. The review into public transport fares has included:
multiple stages of consultation on the structure of fares including an external benefits review;
an economic analysis and consultation on fares for multi mode journeys, frequency discounts, and price caps;
the release of an issues paper;
the release of a methodology paper; and
the surveying of public transport user attitudes.
The draft report ‘More Efficient, More Integrated Opal Fares’ outlines ten draft decisions and five draft recommendations and calls on stakeholder views on the proposed approach to multi-modes fares.
As a regional peak representing social policy and service delivery for communities across Greater Western Sydney, Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) is a voice to over 200 non-government organisations and the communities that they represent.
Our submission calls for equality in the re-distribution of transport fares to ensure that the cost burden of public transport is not unnecessarily shifted onto vulnerable groups in the community who use public transport to get to work and access essential services.