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More high capacity, low-floor trams will be transporting passengers to this year's Australian Open, which kicks off on Monday, 18 January 2016.
Last year more than 700,000 spectators attended the Australian Open for the first time in the tournament's history, with more than half travelling by tram.
Extra trams will operate as a shuttle between Hisense Arena and the CBD (marked Route 70a). This year the shuttle trams will have increased capacity, with more E-Class trams running on the service.
Each E-Class tram can transport up to 210 passengers, and boasts state-of-the-art audio and visual passenger information, air-conditioning, improved safety features and dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility aids or prams.
There are currently 32 next generation E-Class trams running across the Yarra Trams network and another 38 are currently ordered by the Victorian Government.
The Route 70a service operates in addition to the regularly scheduled Route 70 trams that travel between Wattle Park and Docklands via Melbourne Park. During the Australian Open higher capacity B-Class trams will be used on this service to provide increased capacity.
Trams to Melbourne Park will operate to a five-minute frequency at busy periods and will leave Melbourne Park one hour after the close of play, regardless of the time the last match finishes.
Low-floor trams will operate to frequencies of eight to 15 minutes between 9am and midnight, ensuring access to and from the venue for passengers using mobility aids, parents with prams or others with mobility needs.
In addition to more high capacity trams, Yarra Trams will provide customer service employees at major stops along the route to ensure tennis fans have all the information necessary to plan their travel and complete their trip in safety.
Since 1999, Yarra Trams has provided more than 5.6 million passenger trips to and from Rod Laver Arena.
Yarra Trams has a lot of experience transporting thousands of passengers to Melbourne's special events and is looking forward to another record-breaking year.
Route 70 trams will operate to their normal frequency - every 10 minutes from 7.30am to 5pm, every 8-10 minutes during the PM peak and every 20 minutes from 8pm until last tram on weekdays.
Free travel for ticket and accreditation holders
Travel on Route 70 and Route 70a is free for holders of tickets to that day's play, complementing the new Free Tram Zone in the CBD and Docklands. Valid myki cards must be produced on all other trams routes, as well as trains and buses.
Australian Open accreditation holders (including staff, players and media) can travel for free on any tram route, but they will require a valid myki for trains and buses.
For train, tram and bus information or to provide public transport feedback call1800 800 007 (6am-midnight).
Australian Open on Australia Day - 26 January
Patrons attending the 2016 Australian Open on 26 January should be aware of changes due to the Australia Day parade that runs along Swanston Street.
From 10.30am to 12.45pm, Flinders Street trams will operate between Russell Street and Hisense Arena passengers are required to either walk to Russell Street to catch a tram, or board a train at Flinders Street Station to Richmond station.
This article first appeared on www.yarratrams.com.au
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