Rarely does public transport bring a smile to commuters' faces, but from 1 January, 2015, that could change in Melbourne, Australia.
No longer will you have to be on heightened alert when you can't be effed touching on for three stops. Public Transport Victoria have announced free travel within a Free Tram Zone (note: it doesn't apply to buses or trains, only trams) stretching across the Melbourne CBD, the boundaries of which extend to the Queen Victoria Market, Victoria Harbour in Docklands, Spring Street, Flinders Street Station, and Federation Square. You'll be able to easily spot the zones with Free Tram Zone signs to ID the boundaries.
PT users won't need to touch on their myki unless their travel begins or finishes outside the Free Tram Zone, but even then there's good news. Travel on trains, trams, and buses across Zones 1 and 2 will be the price of a Zone 1 fare, and Zone 2 only travel will be cheaper as well.
PTV have cited "[making] it easier for commuters and tourists to move around the city" as their reason for implementing the change, and we definitely aren't complaining.
Read more about the changes here.
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