The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled fare changes that will make catching regional public transport cheaper and fairer for thousands of passengers.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced that from 1 March, regional passengers who buy a 28-69 day myki pass will pay the same reduced rate as those on a 70-325 day myki pass.
The changes could save regional public transport users up to $1,696 a year.
The fare reduction of between 1.5 and 27.1 per cent will benefit around 13,500 regional customers who currently purchase a 28-69 day pass at least once a year, and make the regional myki pass offers fairer for passengers.
It also ensures regional customers can access a higher level of discount for less money.
Regional customers who hold a current 28-69 day pass will be reimbursed the difference between the price they paid and the new reduced price for travel taken after 1 March.
This change is in addition to a range of fare improvements brought in by the Labor Government, including free off-peak travel for primary school groups, free weekend travel for Victorian Carer Card holders across up to two consecutive zones and changes to the child age range that mean children don’t need a myki until they’re five.
For more information about the fare changes see ptv.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“This will make a big difference for regional passengers who travel every day – saving around 13,500 passengers up to $1,700 a year.”
“We’re making public transport simpler and cheaper for families and getting on with building the projects we need to run more trains more often.”