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Labor’s next public transport fares increase to take effect from 1 January 2013

In 2010 the previous Labor Government announced public transport fare increases to take effect from 1 January 2012 and 1 January 2013.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said Labor’s legacy of New Year’s Day headaches for Victorian public transport users will result in public transport fares rising by 6.8 per cent on 1 January 2013.

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

“The good news is that the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering improvements to fix Victoria’s public transport network. We’ve delivered more than 1,000 new train services, improved service reliability, invested in new trains and delivered a record $270 million maintenance program to repair the system that Labor neglected.

“In 2013, public transport users will also benefit as the Coalition Government delivers more new Metro X’Trapolis trains and the first of the new Bombardier low floor trams.

“Labor created a totally unfunded transport plan and then announced fare rises that hit the hip pocket of public transport users hard but wouldn’t raise a fraction of the funding required for the most basic road upgrade.

“The fictional nonsense of Labor’s Fiona Richardson today claiming that their fare rises could fund a multi-billion dollar fantasy plan is farcical and an insult to public transport users,” Mr Mulder said.

The changes will see a metropolitan daily myki full fare cap rise between 32 and 76 cents, with the increase for two hour fares ranging from 16 to 38 cents.

Discounts for seniors, concession card holders, tertiary and school students, and children will continue next year.

Additionally the weekend and public holiday myki cap will be just $3.50, allowing all day travel in zones 1 and 2 for a low price.

Victorian Seniors Card holders using myki can also enjoy unlimited travel in zones 1 and 2 for $3.80 per day and free travel on Saturdays and Sundays.

The state-wide Victorian Student Pass will remain at less than $1.50 per day, with a yearly ticket costing $489.

See attached table for public transport fare changes.

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