Higher fares fair: minister

Whencommuters to Sydney return to work on Monday, they’ll pay an extra 40¢ a day in train fares.

And that’s regardless of whether or not they have an Opal card.

On Sunday, the annual fare increases for public transport will kick in.

That will see the cost of a train trip from Wollongong to Sydney’s CBD rise from $8.60 to $8.80 for a paper ticket holder.

An Opal card user will be charged $8.30 to catch the train to Sydney, up from $8.10.

Depending on the distance travelled, Opal train fares increase by between 8¢ and 20¢ a trip while all paper tickets will cost 20¢ more.

Opal bus fares will remain unchanged, while paper bus tickets rise by 10¢ and a Travel 10 by 80¢.

The $2.50 seniors Opal card cap and paper Pensioner Excursion Tickets will remain unchanged.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the increase was less than that recommended by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

IPART recommended a 1.6 per cent increase above inflation while the actual 2015 rise roughly keeps pace with CPI.

“I have always said fares will only rise in line with CPI until there are demonstrable improvements in customer service,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“While we have made significant changes for customers, including rolling out Opal electronic ticketing and delivering more than 10,500 extra weekly public transport services, we are working to make further improvements.”

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