More than 1.5 million people took a trip on public transport across regional Victoria in the first month of new lower fares.
Daily fares are now capped at the current metropolitan fare of $9.20 or $4.60 concession, while on weekends or public holidays, fares are capped at $6.70 for a full fare of $3.35 for concession.
Over 210,000 passengers travelled on on Bendigo line during the Month of April. In the first week alone, more than 420, 000 passengers travelled on regional trains across the state, making it the busiest week on the network since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
V/Line patronage data shows more passengers are taking advantage of cheaper fares to travel to and from major events and tourist destinations across Victoria and an increase in patronage on weekends and special services. V/Line data shows that the average V/Line passenger paid 50 per cent less for each trip.
“It’s great to see Victorians voting with their feet and taking advantage of cheaper public transport right across Victoria,” said Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll.The state government has committed to upgrade and boost the regional public transport network, including progressively adding new trains and more services to the network.
Since 2014, an extra 800 V/Line train services have 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.