The Hills Shire Council is giving the thumbs up to the State Government’s new fare structure for public transport in Greater Sydney.
The new fare structure MyZone was announced by the State Government earlier this week and promises to make using public transport “fairer, simpler and easier and more rewarding for frequent commuters”.
The new initiative means that a typical commuter from Castle Hill to the City previously paying $50.40 a week will now pay $34.40, making a saving of $16 per week for the average commuter.
“This is a great interim measure for Hills commuters until the rail is built,” Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Peter Dimbrowsky said.
“We thank the Government for finally acknowledging that commuters are really struggling out here and now we look forward to the announcement that the North West rail will be delivered.”
Mayor Dimbrowsky said that is imperative that we see the delivery of North West rail in the Blueprint which is expected to be unveiled some time this month.
“An invitation has been extended to the Premier to come out to the Hills and look at Council’s Integrated Transport Direction which is currently on display,” he said.
Mayor Dimbrowsky said that Council is “right on track” with jobs and housing forecasts under the State Government’s Metropolitan Strategy.
“Despite the significant transport infrastructure problems that the North West faces, this Council is still moving forward and planning for the future and we will not stop doing so,” he said.
“This is Premier Keneally’s opportunity to really show leadership, as former Minister for Planning, she is uniquely positioned to fully understand the needs of Sydney’s growth regions.”