Article by Jason Bishara
Traveling on public transport as a student can be a troublesome affair. Even with concession rates, the cost of using public transport, especially for those who have to travel long distances and across multiple zones, can add up quickly.
Thankfully, Public Transport Victoria (PTV) have taken steps this year to reduce the cost of public transport across the board making travel more feasible and easier on the wallet for all commuters. This is great news for students of course, who are now licking their lips with glee at the thought of spending that extra money on essentials such as beer and 2 minute noodles.
One of the major changes is the new Free Tram Zone in Melbourne CBD. The new Free Tram Zone includes the area from the iconic Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.
Travel on trams within this zone is free, and you don’t need a myki. However, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket. The Free Tram Zone signs at tram stops will identify the boundaries of the zone.
In addition, as of 2015 you will now be able to travel on trains, trams and buses across Zones 1 and 2, for the price of a Zone 1 fare. This is a huge benefit for those who live, or travel close to, the edges of zone boundaries.
All in all, it’s a great step in the right direction, and once again Melbourne leads the charge in showing the rest of Australia how public transport is done properly.