Users of the free Gong Shuttle have reacted angrily to news they’ll soon have to pay for the service.
The Mercury delivered the news to commuters at one of the city’s bus stops on Wednesday afternoon, with the majority up in arms over the shock announcement.
“It’s bulls–t,” one woman said, after questioning whether Transport for NSW was serious about introducing standard Opal charges from January 29 next year.
Michael O’Connor, who catches the free bus from his Fairy Meadow home to the CBD twice a week, said a lot of people would be disadvantaged by the decision.
“It’s very sad for the people that use it, a lot of older people use it,” Mr O’Connor, 68, said. “It’s a shame that they’re going to stop it and charge people for it.
“It’s an outing for people, too, to come in here [the CBD]. If you’ve got to pay for it, people … won’t use it.”
Students and those on lower incomes will be among the hardest hit by the changes.
“I use it three or four times a week, at least, it [charging