EXCLUSIVE: THOUSANDS of city commuters will be hit with big fare increases to pave the way for the myki smartcard.
The decision to dump city saver fares will mean most myki tram users only have to swipe the card once – when they enter a tram.
Touch-off on trams was never going to work.
At busy stops dozens of people could be getting on and off all at once, leading to chaos and long delays if they all had to touch-on and touch-off.
This change makes sense — though if you were a regular user of City Saver fares, you’d be understandably miffed.
There are about 35,000 city saver trips taken each week
So there aren’t that many. A little bird says 6000 per day, which in the grand scheme of things is a drop in the ocean.
City saver fares stretch to Richmond, South Yarra, Carlton, North Melbourne and Docklands.
Not South Yarra — the closest it gets is Domain Interchange. And only some parts of North Melbourne and Richmond. See the map.
Overall this is a good move, and hopefully means we’re getting closer to seeing the long-running Myki implementation finally nearing completion.
PS 8:10am. How it will work — the zone 1/2 overlap will be extended to the end of the three routes that currently go into zone 2. So the default fare (that is, if you touch-on but don’t touch-off) will normally be a zone 1 fare. If you travel entirely in zone 2 and want the cheaper zone 2 fare, you’ll still need to touch-on and touch-off.