Full myki change still planned

A FULL conversion to a myki only system is still planned for the Ballarat train line but Public Transport Victoria (PTV) will not say when it will occur. 

Paper tickets can still be bought for return and one-way services to Melbourne. 

However, a spokesperson said there was still a plan to change the tickets over to a full myki 

system.

“More information about when single and return paper tickets are replaced by myki will be made available in the future,” PTV communications manager Adrian Darwent said. 

The myki system was introduced in July last year with the plan to phase out all paper tickets.

The Courier questioned PTV on the pricing system for the Ballarat line. 

The 2013 price for an on-peak full fare trip to Melbourne was $17.80.

In comparison, a train ride of similar length from Seymour to Melbourne costs $14.40.

Mr Darwent said Seymour was located in zone six while Ballarat was located in zone eight. 

“Regional zones are based on V/Line’s charging units, to ensure the transition to myki was as smooth as possible for customers and they continue to pay the fares they are used to,” he  said.

“While the road distance may be similar, myki replicates the pre-existing V/Line   fares.”

Residents are reminded prices increased by another 2.4 per cent from yesterday. 

This means the full fare of $17.80 paid last year will increase by 40 cents while an off-peak, one-way trip, which previously costs $12.46, will increase by about 30 cents.

This is in line with the consumer price index. 

Train services are currently operating as coaches as Regional Rail Link works begin. 

This will continue until January 19.

matthew.dixon@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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