If that system was user-friendly and offered single-use tickets at point of entry this might not have been necessary.Yesterday on a Swanston Street tram I was surprised by announcements at the Arts Centre stop that 'the free tram zone ends here - please ensure you have a valid Myki'.
YThey might as well ..... have a voluntary $1 or $2 'gold coin donation' to an honesty box at either end of the tram... it would probably collect more actual revenue than that billion dollar white elephant known Myki does.Precisely what I suggested ten years ago except that it would be a mandatory fare not an optional honesty box.
Dare I say yet another indictment of the failings of Myki?
If that system was user-friendly and offered single-use tickets at point of entry this might not have been necessary.
It's already proven impossible to have tram users tag off at busy stops while still keeping the service moving. Now it seems it's become impossible to ignore the number of visitors booked for "fare evasion" largely within the CBD through nothing more than ignorance of the system.
That's what I was thinking. Is it hard to enforce ticket purchasing? Not that I'm complaining about free tram travel.I don't think it's hard, though if you were to focus on making ticket purchasing convenient and easy, then it may not be necessary.
I read an article yesterday suggesting that it's contributing to a lot of overcrowding on trams during lunch time. Also I think it will probably encourage some pan-handling because beggars will work the trams in the immediate vicinity of the city without worrying about being caught by inspectors.It is too early to really quantify the impact of the free tram zone.
I caught a Z1 though the city mid-afternoon today and it was really too crowded - only having two doorways is an issue but it was made worse by people getting on for one or two stops and standing right in the doorways blocking other people getting on and off. As a result the trip though the CBD was a crawl; it was really stupid for those people to bother with a tram - especially for one or so blocks of travel when it's patently faster to walk.
I agree that it's too early to tell what will happen but my feeling is that it will end up being one of those policies that's just too good to be true... but it will probably take a few years of chronic overcrowding before they change their minds.
The fundamental problem is the ticketing system - it's a real dog. They've got to do something about making casual use easier, even if it's just $1 coin turnstiles at the city stops (just a thought).
What public servant or government officers(s) decided that the Swanston Street (north end) tram free zone should end at Latrobe Street and not Victoria/Franklin Street? In case they don't know, the CBD ends at Victoria Street.
So the only way that you can legally travel free to St Vincent Plz is by route 24, 27 (or is it 24D now?), 30 or a diverted route 86 service, or on an Etihad Stadium extra from Preston that's carring in/out via LaTrobe St?St. Vincent's Plaza is outside the Free Tram Zone which ever route you use. If you tram is diverted and leaves the Free Tram Zone you become liable to pay the appropriate fare.
I understand the point you are trying to argue.Only problem that it is sort of funny to have the entire Route 30 within the Free Tram Zone. Except St Vincent's Plaza itself.
St. V's is not a tourist destination nor is it within the CBD / City Circle route which is what defines the Free Tram Zone.
If the zone were extended beyond that - which is it is to the Vic Market I accept but purely on the grounds that this is an A1 tourist destination - then where does one stop? The Arts Centre? Domain Interchange?
You can argue cases for various boundary stops beyond where they are set but remember that for each "free" ride most of us contribute, through our taxes, to the cost of providing the service.
I feel the boundary as it stands is realistic, enforceable and logical even if those who travel from within the Free Tram Zone to St. V's (and indeed the Arts Centre) might not agree.