CBD and Docklands tram stops to go free and green from 1 January

  • 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
The world’s biggest tram network will go free and green in the heart of  Melbourne from 1 January 2015, with a striking new look for the Free Tram Zone unveiled today.
More than 70 tram stops in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands will have bright  green signage to let passengers know when they are in the new Free Tram Zone.
The Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder  took a sneak peak of the signage at a stop in Elizabeth Street today.
Premier Napthine also announced that more than 30 extra metro train  services and around 300 extra tram services would operate for the AFL Grand Final.
“From 1 January, travel will be free for people using trams within the Free Tram Zone, which will be great for families, students and tourists to Melbourne,” Dr Napthine said.

“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.

Dr Napthine said train, tram and bus commuters would also make big savings from 1 January by being able to travel across Zones 1 and 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare.

“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.

“People will be able to travel much of the city without a ticket and visit some of our best landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Market and  Federation Square.”

Dr Napthine said most major attractions are either within the Free Tram  Zone or a short walk away.

“Walking is a great way to explore any city and major attractions such as  Melbourne Museum, Southbank and the National Gallery are a short walking distance from the Free Tram Zone.
“Free city tram travel is a major benefit for visitors and enables them to discover all that Melbourne city has to offer by public transport, but at no cost,” Dr Napthine said.

Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder said commuters in the Free Tram Zone only needed to touch on if travelling beyond the Free Zone.

“Tram stops near the border of the Free Tram Zone will have signage to  indicate where the zone ends to remind people to touch on if they haven’t already done so,” Mr Mulder said.

“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).

Media contacts:
Mark Lee  : 0408 547 381 (Premier)
Jess Maguire : 0409 600 987  (Minister Mulder)

October 27, 2014 |

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