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Nearly 10,000 Victorians used new 24 hour train, tram and bus services in the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday during the first full weekend of the Night Network.
Last weekend saw the beginning of a 12 month trial of 24 hour trains, trams and buses on some routes on weekends.
New data shows that 9862 people touched on with their myki last weekend outside of regular services during the Night Network debut run.
The Labor government says the data is only preliminary because it does not take into account people fare evading, using trams in the free zone or people using myki passes.
The government says the number of people shows a good take up of late night public transport with the nearly 10,000 people representing more than a 300 per cent increase in patronage, compared to NightRider bus services in October 2015.
Before the launch of the Night Network, which was previously known as HomeSafe, a survey of 1000 people found 91 per cent of people were likely to use 24 hour service during the year long trial.
The survey also found 90 per cent of respondents saying that affordable late night transport was the biggest benefit of Night Network.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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