NEWCASTLE LIGHT RAIL USERS PAYING 96 CENTS MORE PER FARE

Bad news for Newcastle’s light rail users – the standard fare has increased by more than 40 percent.

A single journey now costs $3.20, up from $2.24.

That’s four times the amount recommended by the state’s pricing watchdog, IPART.

However, off-peak fares have also been introduced and the maximum weekend cost for Opal card holders has been slashed to just over $8.

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Samantha Poate is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. After completing a BA in Communication and Journalism at Charles Sturt University in 2016, Samantha moved to Northern New South Wales where she worked for News Corp. Samantha joined the NBN News team in 2018, working as a journalist in the Lismore Bureau.