Not sure how I feel about this. Free trams in the city is a plus, though will only really have a huge effect at lunchtimes and weekends. Most trips during the peak involve trips outside the hoddle grid, so commuters will still need to pay.
And I definitely dont agree with a one fare fits all for trains. Paying the same fare from Pakenham to the city as South Yarra or Brunswick to the city is absurd and unfair, and will only further encourage suburban sprawl.
And what about the loss of revenue? PTV only recoups about 22% of operating costs through fares as it is, now the subsidies will have to be even greater.
I am all for restructuring our fare system (as discussed here) but this seems irrationally thought out. Still, its very politically palatable, and given many commuters will just see the dollar signs in their eyes, I suspect Labor will be hard pressed to denounce it. A sad day all round.
Victorian Government to cut cost of train, tram travel between zones one and two
Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago
The Victorian Government plans to cap the maximum daily fares on Melbourne's trams, buses and trains at zone one rates and will make trams in the CBD and Docklands free in a major transport announcement worth $100 million in the lead-up to the November state election.
Commuters travelling only in zone one or two get a discounted rate but those who travel between zones are heavily penalised.
Many people drive long distances to get to a zone one station to get the the lower fare according to Transport Minister Terry Mulder.
"So we're flattening that out to a single zone one fare," Mr Mulder said.
"But if they continue to travel in what we call the existing zone two they still get their current discounted fare."
Mr Mulder says for a couple travelling from zone two to zone one for work, the savings "will make a huge difference."
"The people who have an annual Myki pass, it will save them about $750 (a year).
People travelling on daily tickets could save as much as $1,200 a year.