Transport Costs and Support
Using public transport has a number of benefits:
It could save you money: Catching public transport may be up to four times cheaper than travelling in your car. It can also save you the cost of buying, maintaining and running additional vehicles.
It may improve your health: Walking to and from public transport adds valuable minutes to your daily exercise total. Using public transport may also be less stressful than driving yourself, allowing you to read, listen to music or just slow down for a bit in your busy day.
It’s good for the environment: Public transport is at least twice as energy efficient as private cars; a full bus produces 377 times less carbon monoxide than a full car. Each full standard bus can take more than 50 cars off the road while a full train can take more than 600 cars off the road.
BUT… there are also a number of things that you need to consider.
Public transportation follow a preset route. The preset route travels from station to station taking on and letting off passengers at set stops. This can be a serious disadvantage. The public transportation may not come out into the suburbs far enough to pick you up, or may not stop at the exact address that you are traveling to. You may need a secondary source of transportation to arrive at their final destination, or will have to walk some distance to their home or office.
If you choose to or need to rely on public transportation, then you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the route and timetables available. You can get an the TransitTimes app on your phone to help you to find out which route is best, or when your bus/train is on its way. TransitTimes costs approximately $5.
The Adelaide Metro site, which is free, can help you to find the best route to get to your destination and you can also check for Real Time arrivals to see when your bus/train is on the way
Public transport concessions
South Australians on low or fixed incomes and Seniors Card holders may be eligible to receive a concession on public transport fares.
You may be eligible if you have one of the following cards:
Pensioner Concession Card Gold Card from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA)
War Widow Seniors Card
Gold Card from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs issued to a person with 80 or more overall impairment points under the Military rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
You receive one of the following Centrelink payments:
Newstart allowance Sickness allowance Widow allowance
Youth allowance Partner allowance Parenting Payment Partnered
Bereavement allowance Special benefit
Community Development Employment Project (CDEP)
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
Getting around with a disability and public transport help
The Government of South Australia has made provisions for individuals with a disability to utilise transport services.
Go on the Transport website to find information about:
- Vision-impaired travel pass Taxi fare subsidy scheme
- Motorised wheelchairs Disability parking permit
- Companion cards Access taxis
- Public transport help
Carpooling is when two or more people who do not live together make arrangements to travel together in a single car. Carpooling is a practical way to share transport costs and reduce road congestion and vehicle pollution.
There are some safety considerations when carpooling so remember;
- Avoid exchanging home addresses with your travelling companion before you meet them.
- Arrange to meet for the first time in a public place.
- Inform a friend or family member of who you will be travelling with, when and to where.
- You are under no obligation to go ahead with any car-share arrangement. If you have any doubts about your travelling companion, for any reason, then you don’t have to travel with them.
- Check that the person you are sharing with has all the legal driving documents, such as driving licence, car insurance, and car tax.
- To be responsible for your own safety, you should make an assessment of the person or people with whom you are travelling to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable. You need to satisfy yourself that the driver is not only licenced and has appropriate insurance, but also is not affected by alcohol or drugs.
There are a number of rideshare/carpool services available:
Rideshare/car pool in Adelaide: Adelaide Car Pool
Rideshare/car pool in Australia:
Rural Transport support
The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) is a subsidy program that all Australian states and territories operate. These schemes provide a subsidy to assist with travel, escort and accommodation expenses incurred when rural and remote Australians travel over 100 kilometres to access specialised health care not available within a specified distance from their place of residence.