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V/Line trains and regional buses fare cap for Victorians now in effect to boost public transport network and make options

Regional Victorians benefit from affordable transport with fare cap, which applies to all regional buses, town buses and V/Line trains, and boosts public transport network.

By news@gippsland - 31st March 2023 - Back to News

The Andrews Labor government is making it more affordable for passengers across Gippsland to travel, with the regional fare cap now in effect. The cost of a daily ticket on the entire regional Victorian network is now capped at $9.20 for a full fare or $4.60 for a concession - the same price as a metro daily fare.

Starting 31 March 2023, no matter where you live in Victoria, it will cost you the same amount to travel which is currently $9.20 or $4.60 for concession

Starting 31 March 2023, no matter where you live in Victoria, it will cost you the same amount to travel which is currently $9.20 or $4.60 for concession

Affordable weekend transport

On a weekend or public holiday, daily fares are capped at $6.70 and $3.35 for concession. That means more money in regional Victorians' pockets and ensures Gippslanders can visit family and friends and access vital health and education services right across the state.

For those who take long-distance V/Line journeys, the regional fare cap can save people more than $40 for each and every journey on the regional public transport network. The cap also applies to interstate travel within 60 kilometres of the Victorian border, to ensure those living in border communities in New South Wales and South Australia benefit as well. The fare cap applies to all PTV regional buses, town buses and V/Line trains and coaches.

Public transport expansion

The Labor government is continuing to boost the public transport network across regional Victoria, running more trains more often - investing nearly $1.5 billion in 59 new VLocity trains since 2014, which has created around 500 jobs.

Since 2014, an extra 800 V/Line train services have also been added - with a record 2,200 regional train services now operating every week. Almost 200 extra weekend services are set to be added to the V/Line timetable from 2024 - with a further order of 23 VLocity trains to meet the demands of a growing network. For more information or to purchase tickets visit V/Line website or Public Transport Victoria website.

Accessible affordable transport

Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll said, "We're delivering for all Victorians - making public transport more affordable and accessible to passengers in every corner of our state to ensure they can get to where they need to go. The regional fare cap will transform the way Victorians travel - and will also provide a huge benefit to regional tourism and businesses."

Member for Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria said, "Capping regional fares at metro prices is a huge saving for Gippslanders and will make a big difference to the cost of living for passengers. The regional fare cap will also encourage more people to take public transport to regional Victoria from Melbourne, enabling more travel to connect people with family, friends and loved ones, or to help visitors to discover all that we have to offer." Ms Shing said.

Pictures from Public Transport Victoria website.


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