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PUBLIC transport fares will rise by 7 per cent on New Year's Day in the latest blow to commuters.
The price hike will mean a daily Zone 1 myki fare will increase by 46c to $7.02, costing a commuter up to $168 extra a year.
A two-hour ticket will jump from $3.28 to $3.51.
A daily Zone 1 and 2 myki ticket will increase by 78c to $11.86, which could set commuters back an additional $285 a year.
The State Government declined to comment on the increase in train, tram and bus fares last night.
Sources said the Government planned to formally announce the fare increases in coming days.
Last year, fares increased by 8.6 per cent.
The two fares increases were initially flagged in the former Brumby government's Victoria Transport Plan, in order to help pay for projects.
Opposition public transport spokeswoman Fiona Richardson said: "On the eve of Christmas the Liberals' fare slug is a real slap in the face for commuters whose services are getting worse."
That blueprint has largely been axed.
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Tim Petersen said it expected a rush of people to join its commuter club in coming days to try to snag cheap fares.
"It is a fare rise that is above the rate of inflation," Mr Petersen said.
"Last year there was even more of a rush because of the extra large increase. This year we expect the same to happen again."
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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