Category Archives: Melbourne and suburbs

Lower fares solution to zone boundary parking woes

Outer zones need cheaper travel, says transport user group

Parking problems at railway stations on zone boundaries would be reduced by more competitive fares, the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) said today.

“As soon as passengers cross a zone boundary, fares skyrocket,” said PTUA Treasurer Kerryn Wilmot. “It’s no wonder people drive to stations like Brighton Beach and park where-ever they can. Residents near zone boundaries are suffering because zone 2 and 3 fares are too expensive.”
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New services fail to ease crush

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has called for an immediate frequency upgrade of train services on the Werribee line to help ease severe overcrowding and congestion on roads.

PTUA spokesman Christopher Trikilis called on the Government to ‘stand up and deliver’ for passengers on the busy Werribee rail line and help improve severe overcrowding problems on the line. “Despite adding additional express trains in recent weeks on the line, poor implementation has done little to ease the overcrowding and lack of regular services in the peak times.” Continue reading New services fail to ease crush

Time to get back to basics on fare evasion, say commuters

Degraves St unstaffed entranceSome entrances to Melbourne’s busiest stations are consistently unstaffed, leading to increased fare evasion, says the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA). The PTUA called on public transport operators to get back to basics on fare evasion, providing consistent staffing at stations, particularly major interchanges.

PTUA President Daniel Bowen said a study showed the popular Degraves Street/Campbell Arcade entrance to Flinders Street station had been unstaffed for about 90% of the time in the past few months, at all times of day, including peak periods. Continue reading Time to get back to basics on fare evasion, say commuters