Public Transport and the Elderly
Posted in Policies by Ferne Edwards on January 16th, 2009
The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #92, 5 January 2009, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.
â€œVictorias public transport will be adapted for the elderly – including better staying healthy. Aged Care Minister Lisa Neville promised the Government would act on some of the report’s recommendations, including an education program for bus, train and tram drivers to accelerate and brake smoothly to prevent seniors falling. The minister said she would work with hospital administrators to establish better transport links between Southern Cross Station and public hospitals, with a senior bus service one possibility.â€
Ref: Marika Dobbin, The Age, 18/12/08
â€Senior Australians who travel interstate are now entitled to cheaper fares on public transport away from home, thanks to a $50 million Federal Government scheme. Under the deal, most states will recognise each other’s concession cards to encourage grey nomads to spend tourist dollars locally and reduce the cost of visiting friends and family. Negotiations are still being held with Western Australia and Queensland, but with those states included, about 3 million seniors would benefit, Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin said. â€˜It’s been very frustrating for many senior Australians, and we want to make sure it’s easier for older Australians, as they travel interstate, to be able to use their concession card, Ms Macklin said.
â€œNational seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the scheme would make travelling costs fairer and support domestic tourism. Until now, a NSW seniors card holder could travel from the Sydney CBD to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and back for just $2.50, while a Victorian senior would be charged $24.40 for the same trip. Victorian Council of Social Services spokesman David Imber said the scheme would benefit better-off and more mobile older Victorians, and his organisation would prefer â€˜the benefits to be directed to people much more on the basis of need than age. Of the $50 million provided to states over four years, Victoria will receive about $6 million & NSW $22.6 million.â€
Ref: Kate Lahey, The Age, 5/1/09