PTV releases latest patronage statistics for Victoria’s public transport
Added: 3 July 2015
Public transport grew by 3.5% in the March 2015 quarter compared to the previous year, with the strongest growth being on the tram network as recent fare changes and the introduction of the Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD took effect.
The March 2015 quarter saw 10.2 per cent patronage growth on the tram network compared to the March 2014 quarter. This was largely attributable to the introduction of the Free Tram Zone, which boosted CBD monthly tram boardings by 22.6 per cent in March 2015 compared to March 2014. Tram boardings outside the CBD grew 2.8 per cent in this time.
The metropolitan train network has experienced strong overall growth. The March 2015 quarter saw an increase of 4.4 per cent compared to the March 2014 quarter, although the previous year had seen below average patronage due to heat conditions and Regional Rail Link track closures.
PTV analysis has identified that the fare changes introduced in January 2015 have prompted a more even spread of customers from Zone 1-2 stations to Zone 2 stations across all lines of the network. Examples of this are Laverton on the Werribee line and Albion on the Sunbury line, where the changes have reduced pressure on car parking and services.
V/Line patronage increased 7.3 per cent in the March 2015 quarter compared to the previous year, which had also been affected by heat and Regional Rail Link track closures. Research suggests there has also been an uplift in V/Line patronage from the benefits of the discounted Zone 1 and 2 fares.
On the metropolitan bus network, patronage decreased 5.3 per cent in the March 2015 quarter compared to the previous year, however patronage of the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit routes increased 8 per cent in the morning peak which can also be attributed to the Zone 1 and 2 fare changes.
PTV anticipates good growth in the year ahead as the January 2015 fare changes continue to take effect. Patronage growth is also expected from 21 June onwards, with the opening of Regional Rail Link, two new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, and new, better bus networks for Geelong and Wyndham.
From 1 January 2015, fares between Zones 1 and 2 were changed to cost no more than a Zone 1 fare, and free travel was introduced on trams within the CBD.
The new Free Tram Zone includes the area from Queen Victoria Market across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.
Quarter - March 2015 patronage results
|Quarter - March 2015
|Boardings (million)||Growth (%)|
Zonal boarding shift
|Line||Zone||On zone border||Station||Change in average weekday||% change|
|Ringwood corridor||1+2||2||Mont Albert||-170||-15%|