ANOTHER set of paper tickets will be phased out as V/Line nudges Ballarat commuters towards a full myki service.
From Monday, weekly, monthly and date-to-date V/Line paper tickets can no longer be purchased and all Ballarat train commuters using the periodical tickets will require a myki pass.
Paper tickets for single and return services will remain for “some time”, according to Public Transport Victoria (PTV).
A PTV spokesperson said all regular travellers were being transitioned to the system first, with less frequent public transport users given a little more time to get used to it.
Yesterday, PTV director of customer services Alan Fedda reminded periodical ticket customers to make the switch.
“Customers who have travelled with these tickets can buy a myki pass and continue to benefit from the discounted fares they are used to,” he said.
“If you have a current valid weekly, monthly or date-to-date V/Line paper ticket you can use it until your ticket expires, but then you need to switch to a myki pass.”
Mr Fedda said the take up of myki on V/Line’s Ballarat line had been positive, with more than 75 per cent of regular commuters now on board.
But while myki use rose, overall patronage on regional trains dropped by five per cent this year, the Department of Transport’s annual report shows
V/Line also failed to meet its on-time delivery target of 92 per cent, with only 84 per cent of services on time.
Ballarat West MP Sharon Knight said she was hearing constant reports from people who felt they couldn’t rely on the V/Line service anymore.
V/Line failed to meet punctuality targets for the Ballarat line in 10 out of the past 12 months, she said.
“I don’t think this government has any commitment for public transport for regional centres,” Ms Knight said.
But PTV said Regional Rail Link would for the first time give Ballarat trains dedicated tracks.
“The untangling of regional and metropolitan services coming into Melbourne will improve on-time service delivery for both V/Line and Metro,” a PTV spokesperson said.
“Regional Rail Link will provide capacity for an extra 23 metropolitan and 10 regional services during each morning and evening peak period.”