South East Queensland

University students and staff heading back to campus in 2022 are urged to check out their best transport options as part of their start of the year preparations.

 

Head of TransLink Sally Stannard said public transport was a cheap and easy option for many travellers heading to and from a campus as many qualified for half-price fares.

 

"We work closely with the bus companies to ensure there are frequent services to busy campuses," Ms Stannard said.

 

"In some cases the pandemic changed the travel patterns to and from campuses over the last several years and returning students should take time to look at any alterations to services, and new students should take time to plan their journey for the first time."

 

Ms Stannard said TransLink's COVID-safe public transport plan included helpful tips on safe travel and customers can use the Service Capacity Tracker on TransLink’s website to assist with social distancing.

 

"The Service Capacity Tracker allows customers to understand which services have the most space on board and make informed decisions about their travel," she said.

 

"Now is also the time to ensure your go card is ready, checking to make sure you still have a valid card; and also consider setting up auto top-up to help ensure you always have funds on the card without needing to top up as you travel."

 

Tertiary students are encouraged to visit the TransLink website to find out how they can access half-price concession fares. Returning students don’t need to apply for concession fares every year if their enrolment hasn’t changed, however, if they have changed institutions or enrolment status, they you may need to reapply.

 

Public transport use is increasing as students return to the network and workers return to offices and TransLink has continued its commitment to making public transport as safe as possible.

 

"Our COVID-safe public transport plan helps customers feel safer and more comfortable as they return to regular public transport use following the holidays," Ms Stannard said.

 

"We continue to work with bus companies to ensure there is thorough cleaning on board all public transport vehicles, including sanitisation of touch points such as buttons and handrails. 

 

"We remind customers they must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, unless they have an exemption."

 

Half-price concession fares are available for eligible students on all TransLink public transport services (excluding Airtrain), regional qconnect bus services, and approved regional ferry services. South East Queensland public transport fares remain frozen until July 2022 and it's been two years since public transport fares have increased.

 

For more information on public transport, download the MyTransLink app, visit the TransLink website or call 13 12 30 anytime.