Media Release: Shane Rattenbury MLA, 24 June 2013

Public transport will become more accessible to older Canberrans from July 1, 2013, with the qualifying age for free bus travel reduced from 75 to 70, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, said today.

“From 1 July 2013, the qualifying age for free travel using a Seniors MyWay card will be reduced from 75 to 70, providing free bus travel for close to 9,000 members of the community,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Many older Canberrans face financial difficulties. Lowering the qualifying age for free travel will improve their access to public transport and enable more older Canberrans to fully participate in society, whether they wish to go to the shops, socialise with friends, visit a local attraction or just have an outing.

“The ACTION network is a convenient and accessible way for seniors to travel to their destination, with over 55 per cent of the bus fleet including easy access buses, featuring a low floor and the ability to accommodate two wheelchairs.

“Eligible seniors with a MyWay card will automatically be upgraded to receive free travel from 1 July.

“Seniors now eligible for free bus travel will be able to transfer any remaining credit on their MyWay card to another user, or request a refund.

“Canberrans aged 70 years and over not eligible for a Seniors Card should go to their nearest Canberra Connect Shopfront with proof of age and residency to have their MyWay card converted to a free travel card.

Please note that if a Seniors MyWay card has not been used within two years it may have expired.

Forms to request a credit transfer or refund are available online or at ACT Libraries, Council on the Aging, Canberra Connect Shopfronts.

Replacement Seniors cards are available from ACT Libraries, Council on the Aging and Canberra Connect Shopfronts

For more information visit www.action.act.gov.au