CBD and Docklands tram stops to go free and green from 1 January0
- Free Tram Zone stops to get new green signag
- Ride for free in the CBD – no need to pay if travelling within the Zone from 1 Jan
- More trains and trams for the AFL Grand Final
“Vibrant signage will catch the eye, providing an instant reminder to passengers that they are in the zone and don’t need to touch on their myki. In fact, you won’t even need a myki if only travelling within the Free Zone.
“This is an historic initiative in the history of Melbourne’s public transport that will further cement Melbourne’s place as the world’s most liveable and friendly city.”
Dr Napthine said that PTV will boost public transport to get footy fans to the AFL Grand Final with ease.
“The AFL is one of the reasons why Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and we are providing more public transport services to provide the best way for fans to get to the ‘G’ and take the hassle out of driving,” Dr Napthine said.
The new Free Tram Zone follows the traditional CBD grid and stretches from Flinders Street to Victoria Street, and from Spring Street to the vibrant new Docklands precinct in the south.
“A commuter who pays for a daily Zone 1+2 ticket will save about $1,200 a year and annual myki pass holders will save $750. Travel entirely within zone 2 will also be maintained at the cheaper fare,” Dr Napthine said.
Dr Napthine said most major attractions are either within the Free Tram Zone or a short walk away.
Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder said commuters in the Free Tram Zone only needed to touch on if travelling beyond the Free Zone.
“Drivers will also announce when trams are about to leave the Free Zone.
“The Government’s affordable public transport package will benefit both commuters in the outer suburbs and also people living close to the city who want to use public transport to travel across the breadth of Melbourne,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said the Government was continuing to invest in building a better, safer and more affordable tram network.
“The Coalition Government is rolling out 50 new E-Class trams, boosting power supply for these and other higher capacity trams, and building more accessible tram stops,” Mr Mulder said.
“Almost $20 million of tram works are underway including raising the height of the tram stop in the Bourke Street Mall, one of three such upgrades in the CBD alone.
“More affordable public transport and an ongoing investment in new trains and trams is on top of the Coalition Government delivering an extra 10,000 train, tram and bus services each week since coming to office,” Mr Mulder said.
PTV and Yarra Trams are gearing up over the next few months to train hundreds of drivers and customer staff, as well as prepare a public information campaign and install the new signage to enable the smooth introduction of the change.
For details of extra public transport to the Grand Final visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight daily).
Mark Lee : 0408 547 381 (Premier)
Jess Maguire : 0409 600 987 (Minister Mulder)