MAJOR changes to concessionary bus fares come into force this weekend.
The rises will affect young people aged between five and 16, students who use a GMPTE pass to travel to and from college.
Some disabled people and passengers aged over 60 travelling before 9.30am on weekdays will also be affected by the changes.
Fares on Yellow School Buses, dedicated school services subsidised by GMPTE, Ring and Ride buses and Local Link services are also changing.
And the boundary of the local concessionary fare scheme is also being simplified.
The changes form part of cost savings of more than £40m over the next three years, and will see the local concessionary bus fare scheme, currently a flat fare of 80p, change to half the normal adult fare, depending on the journey being made.
From Sunday, youngsters between five and 16, and students with a GMPTE pass to travel to and from college will pay half the normal adult bus fare for the journey being made.
New fares are also being introduced on Yellow School Buses and GMPTE’s dedicated school services.
These will be £1 for a short, single journey, £1.20 for a journey of medium length and £1.40 for a single, long journey.
In some cases, return fares will also be available.
Half price versions of many operator day and weekly tickets, including the System One multi-operator products, will be available for people who travel regularly.
Disabled travellers who currently pay 80p before 9.30am on weekdays will instead pay half the adult fare, but will continue to travel free on buses, trams and local trains at all other times.
People with a Concession Plus pass will continue to travel for free at all times, as now.
Passengers aged over 60 travelling on buses, local trains or trams before 9.30am on weekdays will pay full fare, but will continue to benefit from free travel at all other times.
It has been worked out with commercial bus operators to ensure passengers have access to the information and assistance they need before the changes come into effect.
An interactive online guide, which provides step-by-step advice and information on how the changes will affect passengers, is available at www.gmpte.com