More footy fans will have access to free public transport this year with new and expanded MAC Footy Express services announced for the 2017 season.
The Motor Accident Commission, the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs and the State Government have again come together to offer free public transport to Adelaide Oval for the AFL season, which starts this week.
This year an extra service has been created, nine services have been expanded and one discontinued.
The launch coincides with a series of new advertisements for the Motor Accident Commission’s Game Changer road safety campaign.
The campaign features Crows and Power stars Sam Jacobs and Brad Ebert comparing playing football to driving, with the ultimate message to always stay focused.
The MAC Footy Express services begin this weekend with the Round 1 clash between the Adelaide Crows and Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.
Last year approximately 446,000 footy fans travelled to the Adelaide Oval via public transport - a massive increase from the 133,000 fans who caught public transport to Football Park in 2013.
In 2017, a new AO29 bus service has been introduced from Ingle Farm to the oval via Hampstead Road and Galway Avenue.
Nine services have been expanded to include more stops to and from Greenwith, St Agnes, Northgate, Hope Valley, Salisbury East, Semaphore, Aberfoyle Hub and Morphettville.
The frequency of the AO20 from Blair Athol has been increased. The AO16 route from Rosewater has changed and will cover some of the discontinued AOX21 from Ottoway.
The AO22X from Aberfoyle Hub will now operate for Crows games only with an AO21 operating from Aberfoyle Hub for all Port and Crows matches.
Dedicated MAC Footy Express and other Adelaide Metro services provide safe and free transport to and from Adelaide Oval for approximately 25,000 fans each week.
Full details of the services are available at the Adelaide Metro website.
Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan
Providing free public transport for footy fans is one of the ways we can help to reduce the cost of a day out for families.
With the enormous popularity of games at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the free services allow us to move large numbers of fans to and from games much faster than if they had to buy or swipe tickets.
It’s a great pleasure to again partner with MAC, the Crows and the Power to deliver this important service, which also encourages people who might have a few drinks at the game to take the safe option and leave the car keys at home.
We’re looking forward to very successful footy season at the Adelaide Oval and the Footy Express buses are a major part of that.
Quotes attributable to Motor Accident Commission Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager Matt Hanton
In addition to promoting the free service and our Game Changer road safety messages, MAC is again using the partnership to engage high profile AFL players as road safety ambassadors.
It’s great to have Crows player Sam Jacobs and Port’s Brad Ebert, continuing as MAC’s Road Safety Ambassadors and that the clubs will again help promote road safety messages throughout the season to their supporters.
Having highly respected sports stars talking about road safety to their fans is extremely important – we want people to take home the Game Changer message and make the right decision on the road.
In addition to promoting road safety messages on board the MAC Footy Express services, MAC will also be using the partnership to remind footy fans at Adelaide Oval to make smart decisions on the roads and to remain focused on their drive.
We know that many people attending the footy like to enjoy a drink or two with their mates, so the free MAC Footy Express reduces the temptation to drink and drive.