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Free bus travel for seniors

AS part of Seniors Week, Metro, with support from the Tasmanian Government, helped senior cardholders stay connected with their communities by offering free travel on any Metro bus from 12 to 18 October.

Metro has been a long-time partner of Seniors Week, an annual campaign presented by the Council of the Ageing (COTA).

A key objective for COTA was to provide accessible transport for seniors and Seniors Week patrons who wanted to participate in the activities on offer.

“Metro plays a key role in keeping Tasmanians moving and connecting them with essential services, which is particularly important for the state’s older demographic,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said.

“While this Seniors Week was quite different than previous years due to the pandemic, COTA Tasmania worked hard to ensure all events that were on offer observed relevant COVID safety plans.”

COTA Tasmania chief executive officer Sue Leitch said free bus travel was particularly valued by Seniors Week patrons.

“Increasing numbers of older Tasmanians turned to public transport to get to Seniors Week events, so the cost savings and convenience was greatly appreciated,” she said.

Seniors Week is the largest celebration for people more than 50 years of age in the southern hemisphere, and ran from 12 to 18 October.