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Free CBD trams, cheaper trains and buses for Melbourne

News Release Premier Denis Napthine

Tuesday, 26 March 2014

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/9471-free-cbd-trams-cheaper-trains-and-buses-for-melbourne.html

Free CBD trams, cheaper trains and buses for Melbourne

Melbourne CBD and Docklands free tram travel grid

Tram travel in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands will be free and Zone 1 fares will apply across the entire metropolitan network under major reforms announced by Premier Denis Napthine today.

Dr Napthine said the changes would provide significant cost of living relief for families as a result of commuters being able to travel in Zones 1 and 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare.

“For a full-fare commuter who currently buys a Zone 1 + 2 daily fare there will be a saving in the order of approximately $5.00 a day,” Dr Napthine said.

“A commuter who pays for a Zone 1 + 2 ticket each day will save around $1,200 each year, or, if using an annual myki pass, will save more than $750.

“Tram travel within the CBD and Docklands will be free in a move that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as an international city.”

The changes will come into effect from the 1 January 2015 and will make public transport more accessible for commuters and tourists and make it easier to move around Melbourne.

This initiative will cost around $100 million per annum and will be accounted for in the upcoming State Budget.

People who begin and conclude their journey entirely within Zone 2 will continue to pay the current discounted fare.

Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder said the free tram reforms build on the success of the City Circle tram which has become a popular tourist attraction.

“Today’s announcement means all commuters, including tourists, will be able to travel anywhere within the CBD free of charge,” Mr Mulder said.

“This is just one of the many ways our Government is fixing Victoria’s public transport system and providing more services, to move more people, more often.”

Since coming to Government the Coalition:

  • has added 1,078 new train services and 3,870 additional bus trips per week;
  • has embarked upon an aggressive rail infrastructure program worth more than $7 billion, including the Regional Rail Link, Dandenong Rail Corridor upgrade and Bayside Rail upgrades;
  • has purchased 43 new VLocity rail cars for the regional network;
  • is purchasing 40 new trains for the metropolitan network;
  • is delivering 50 new E-Class trams;
  • has improved reliability and punctuality across the network;
  • reduced the rate of fare evasion; and
  • increased passenger safety with 665 PSOs deployed at 98 stations around Melbourne.