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    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    go card goes live

    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    go card goes live

    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel today announced go cards will be available to residents on the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Pine Rivers and Redcliffe from Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

    Mr Mickel said the first public release of go cards marked a historic moment in public transport in South East Queensland.

    "We are now at the start of an exciting new phase in the evolution of public transport in South East Queensland.

    "The go card product we will be releasing on Tuesday is just the beginning.
    "Over time we will be able to add on additional products, offering new choices for public transport users.

    "I am committed to providing public transport users in South East Queensland with choice – that is why we are retaining all TransLink integrated paper tickets.

    "I encourage all public transport users to consider giving the go card a try but if you would prefer to continue using a paper ticket that option is available too.

    "Passengers on rail and bus services in areas north of Strathpine will see staff out and about with information about the go card from Tuesday.

    "I would encourage passengers if they have a spare moment to have a chat to one of the go card representatives and find out if go card is right for them."

    Minister Mickel said any new technology encountered an occasional glitch but he said he was confident the go card system would be a great addition to the TransLink network.

    "In a meeting earlier this week I spoke to senior managers from Cubic who assured me that the kind of problems experienced with fare machines recently would not happen again," he said.

    "Cubic and TransLink have been working tirelessly to ensure the system is in good shape for the roll out."

    Four different go cards will be available – child, concession, senior and adult.

    Public transport users can get a go card by phoning 13 12 30, through the go card website at www.translink.com.au/go or by visiting a go card retailer at:
    • Caloundra Travel - Bus Interchange, 23 Cooma Tce, Caloundra
    • Noosa Civic News, 28 Eenie Creek Rd, Noosaville
    • Cotton Tree News, 9 King St, Maroochydore
    • 7 Eleven Mooloolaba, 85 The Esplanade, Mooloolaba
    • 7 Eleven Maroochydore North, 53 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore North
    • 7 Eleven Marcoola, 946-948 David Low Way, Marcoola
    • 7 Eleven Noosa, 91 -97 Noosa Dr, Noosa
    • 7 Eleven Warana, Cnr Nicklin Way & Aquatic Dr, Warana
    • 7 Eleven Maroochydore, Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore
    • NewsXpress Caboolture, Cnr Matthew Tce & James St, Caboolture
    • 7 Eleven Clontarf, 9 Elizabeth St, Clontarf
    • 7 Eleven Redcliffe, 77 Anzac Ave, Redcliffe
    • 7 Eleven Rothwell, 759-761 Deception Bay Rd, Rothwell
    • 7 Eleven Morayfield, 272 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield

    Staff will be available to answer questions about go card at major train stations and bus interchanges from Tuesday. For information on where and when TransLink representatives will be available, please go to the TransLink website.

    For more information on how the go card works or how to obtain a card go to www.translink.com.au/go or phone 13 12 30

    Media contact: Chris Brown (07) 3237 1944 or Shannon Mackay 3237 1125


    January 24, 2008