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More Melburnians paying on trams

Added: 28 December 2018

More passengers than ever are paying their way on Melbourne’s trams, with a new Public Transport Victoria (PTV) survey showing record low levels of fare evasion.

PTV Deputy CEO Alan Fedda said the October 2018 Fare Compliance Survey showed an overwhelming majority of Melburnians were doing the right thing with strong results also on trains and buses.

“It is extremely pleasing to see more passengers travelling on trains, trams and buses with valid myki cards,” Mr Fedda said.

A record 96.8 per cent of tram passengers – up from 95.4 per cent in October 2017 – were tapping on with their myki.

The survey also showed 97.5 per cent of train passengers and 92 per cent of bus passengers were doing the right thing, leading to overall fare compliance across Melbourne of 96 per – the second highest in the survey’s 13-year history.

Across regional Victoria 95.1 per cent of commuters were travelling with valid tickets, compared to 93.6 per cent recorded six months earlier.

Mr Fedda said fare compliance continues to be a focus for PTV, working closely with public transport operators to help passengers do the right thing.

“PTV continues to upgrade the ticketing system with faster myki readers and contactless Quick Top Up machines at key locations, making it simpler and quicker for passengers to travel with a valid myki card.” Mr Fedda said.

“We are also in the process of trialling new technology to allow passengers to pay for public transport using their Android smartphones.”

PTV’s Fare Compliance Survey is completed twice yearly in May and October. Almost 40,000 metropolitan passengers and more than 16,000 V/Line commuters had their tickets checked for the October 2018 survey.

Further information, including survey results are available at ptv.vic.gov.au.

Full results – October 2018 Fare Compliance Survey:

Survey date

Metropolitan train

Tram

Metropolitan bus

Metropolitan network

Regional train

May 2017

97.6%

95.1%

89.2%

94.8%

94.2%

October 2017

97.3%

95.4%

91.2%

95.3%

96.2%

May 2018

97.0%

96.1%

91.0%

95.3%

93.6%

October 2018

97.5

96.8

92.0

96.0%

95.1