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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Explore the Gold Coast with go explore

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Saturday, July 05, 2014

    Explore the Gold Coast with go explore

    Tourists and visitors exploring the Gold Coast and taking advantage of the new light rail system will have access to a new, affordable all-day travel go explore card.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the newcard was a simple and affordable way for tourists and visitors to use public transport on the Gold Coast.

    “As part of our strong plan for a brighter future to get more people onto public transport, the go explore card offers an all-day public transport pass on the Gold Coast,” Mr Emerson said.

    “The cost per day for a new card is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children aged 5-14 and provides unlimited travel on TransLink buses and trams on the Gold Coast.

    “People can use their go explore card to visit tourist attractions, airport, shopping destinations and beaches by day, plus restaurants, bars or nightclubs by night.

    “The card will be available for passengers to use once light rail services start.

    “The one day pass is activated the first time you touch onto a bus or at a tram station and is valid until the last service on that day.”

    Mr Emerson said it was an exciting boost for the Gold Coast tourism industry, with a card designed specifically for the area and will encourage more people to make use of public transport and allow them to see and experience more Gold Coast attractions.

    “The card will expire 12 months after the date of purchase and all travel using your Gold Coast go explore card must be completed before the card expires,” he said. 

    “The Gold Coast go explore carduses the same technology as the go card, so you must always touch on and touch off when you board a bus or enter a tram station.”

    Mr Emerson said tram services are expected to start once the final testing is complete.

    “I look forward to the commencement of the trams that will revolutionise public transport for the Gold Coast community and get more people out of their cars, easing congestion on the road network.”

    Once light rail services commence, tourists and visitors can purchase the Gold Coast go explore card from the TransLink website translink.com.au/goexplore or retailers and hotels across the Gold Coast. 

    [ENDS] 5 July 2014

    Media contact: Stephanie Shield 0418 186 625