Riverina senior citizens groups have welcomed the pending launch of a regional travel card but there are questions about how much it will help those without public transport access.
The card will provide $250 to spend at "certain retailers to pay for pre-booked NSW Trainlink Regional trains and coaches, fuel and taxis," according to Service NSW.
The NSW government will open applications for the card on January 29 for people aged over 60 living in regional, rural and remote areas.
Australian United Pensioners Group NSW/ACT treasurer John Hunter, who lives in Junee, said the card would be most useful for people who could access public transport to XPT passenger rail stops.
"If you live in an area with no trains or buses and you don't drive, the card is going to have no value whatsoever," he said.
"There are people who rely on having their friends drive them into town so they can do the shopping.
"If you can't access public transport, it's going to be totally worthless."
Mr Hunter said the $250 would "run out very quickly" if spent on fuel or taxi fares.
"It needs to be integrated with the $2.50 seniors fares, so you can reach the larger cities by train," he said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the new card would ease the burden of travel costs for eligible seniors living in rural and regional NSW and improve their connections with family.
"We are committed to improving connectivity in the bush, which is why we announced the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card," he said.
Wagga Senior Citizens Club president Jim Weeden said the travel card sounded "very good on the surface".
"It will help a lot of people who want to go on trips but can't afford it," Mr Weeden said.
"It's a major issue for a lot of people in the senior citizens club.
"They will be able to see their family a lot more as many people in Wagga have family somewhere else but they can't afford to go an see them."
Mr Weeden said the ability to use the card for fuel and taxi trips would help people living outside of areas with public transport to connect with coaches and passenger rail.
Junee resident Andrew Kroiter said the travel card sounded good.
"I get the four free trips per year as a senior but that's in economy class," Mr Kroiter said.
"I'll use the card to get an upgrade."
Applicants for the cards will need a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and be living outside Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong.
Service NSW plans to distribute the cards to successful applicants in February.