Free bus travel for seniors

AS part of Seniors Week, Metro, with support from the Tasmanian Government, is helping senior cardholders stay connected with their communities by currently 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 is to provide accessible transport for seniors and Seniors Week patrons who want 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 will of course be quite different than previous years due to the pandemic, COTA Tasmania has worked hard to ensure all events that are on offer observe relevant COVID safety plans.”

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

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

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

For more information, visit https://www.cotatas.org.au/programs/seniorsweek/.

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