REGULAR V/Line commuters will have access to significantly discounted fares under a new ticketing structure that started this week.
The new fare allows commuters purchasing a four-week myki pass to access the same discounts as those who purchase a 10-week pass.
The discounts range between 1.5 per cent and 27.1 per cent, with savings in excess of $1600 per year.
Customers on V/Line services will still be able to top up their myki money balance for less frequent travel, but public transport minister Jacinta Allan said the move makes it cheaper for those purchasing a myki pass which gives unlimited travel for a set time period.
Customers who already hold a 28- to 69-day pass will be reimbursed the difference between the price they paid and the reduced price for travel in effect after March 1.
“These changes will see significant savings for regional passengers and these are people who are regular travellers on our network,” Ms Allan said.
She said the change was a result of feedback the government received as part of the 2015 Regional Network Development Plan.
That plan also led to the development of Bendigo Metro Rail and ongoing upgrade plans to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations.
Ms Allan said she is confident that V/Line can deliver a reliable service for those regular commuters, despite poor performance results stretching back several years.
“Month to month there can be challenges running the regional network, we saw not that long ago there was someone that irresponsibly parked a car on the train line near Kangaroo Flat and that caused significant delays,” she said.
“So from time to time there are these incidents across the network, but as a whole we are working towards improving the performance of V/Line.”
– Joel Peterson