Press Release: Public transport fares to rise in 2013

Public transport users in Victoria will be slugged almost seven per cent more for fares from New Year’s Day.

Travellers will pay $7 for a full daily myki fare for zone one from January 1, 2013, an increase of 44c, while zone one-two daily tickets will increase by 76c to $11.84.

The full fare for a seven-day pass for zone one will rise $2.20 to $35.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder said fare hikes were announced by the previous Labor government, with an 8.6 per cent increase taking effect from January 1, 2012 and a 6.8 per cent rise from January 1, 2013.

“Labor left behind fare increases and a public transport system that was failing Victorians,” Mr Mulder said.

But opposition public transport spokeswoman Fiona Richardson said it was the government’s decision to increase the cost of fares two years in a row.

Ms Richardson said the government dumped Labor’s Victoria Transport Plan but kept the fare hikes that were linked to it.

Mr Mulder said Labor’s claim that the fare rises could fund a multi-billion dollar transport plan is “farcical”.


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