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Peak-hour tram and bus fares would be slashed and off-peak travel heavily discounted under a proposed overhaul of public transport ticketing designed to drive people away from crowded trains.
Government advisory body Infrastructure Victoria argues peak-hour suburban train fares into the city should rise to $5 to sway people to catch a tram or bus for $2.50.
Tim Wilkinson says that lowering off-peak fares when restrictions ease is a great incentive. CREDIT:CHRIS HOPKINS
All off-peak public transport would be heavily discounted on the metropolitan network in a tactic to spread demand, saving commuters up to 70 per cent in transport fees.
A report by the state government advisory body argues train trips to the city during peak hour are too cheap and buses are "overpriced and underused", and that most commuters pay the same regardless of the distance travelled.
"Buses, trains and trams sit idle in holding yards waiting for the peak periods," the Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne report says.
"On weekends, public transport use is only 41 per cent of its weekday use while roads are congested. At these times, moving any road trips to public transport would have significant benefits.”
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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