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Travel within Melbourne's CBD and Docklands would be free and commuters travelling from the outer suburbs would be charged the same amount as zone 1 passengers under election-year changes proposed by the Napthine government.
The state government has pledged to cap maximum daily fares at the zone 1 rate across Melbourne if it wins November's state election, News Corp Australia reports, with all trams in the CBD becoming free from New Year's Day.
The free-zone grid would include the Queen Victoria Market and Docklands, and ticket inspectors would no longer police inner-city tram routes.
Full-fare commuters travelling from zone 2 into zone 1 now fork out $6.06, while those living within zone 1 pay $3.58 for a two-hour journey.
A daily ticket costs Melburnians in zone 2 $12.12, nearly $5 more than a commuter living in inner Melbourne.
Zone 2 travelling on a concession ticket also pay nearly double that of their inner-suburbs counterparts.
Dr Napthine said the big winners would be bus and train passengers who commute from outer suburbs.
The government estimates the scheme would cost $100 million each year.
The last major change to Melbourne's public transport ticketing schedule came in 2007, when zone 3 was abolished.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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