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Greens push for free public transport as SA travel costs soar

9 May 2024

The Greens say the State Government should make public transport free to ease cost of living pressures, as new data reveals South Australian households are paying more than $400 a week on transport.

According to the Transport Affordability Index for the March quarter, the average Adelaide household is spending $447.65 a week on travel (an increase of $21.52), which is $23,277.90 each year. Costs include car registration, licencing, fuel, loans, and public transport.

“Sadly, the cost of everything is going up at the moment and transport is no exception. The State Government really needs to step in here and provide relief to households. Free public transport would help families in the hip pocket and reduce carbon emissions, along with congestion on our roads,” said Greens Transport Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.

“If ever there was a time for free public transport, this is it. The Malinauskas Government needs to do everything it can to provide relief to struggling families.”