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Getting rid of Zone 3


From March 4 2007, the Melbourne Metropolitan transport Zone 3 will cease to exist and therefore there will only be two zones, 1 and 2. This was a promise from the state election now being carried through and will greatly benefit those people currently living in zone 3.

For somebody like me living on the boundary of zone 1 and zone 2, but on the zone 2 side I thought that there would also be consideration to extend zone 1 a little bit. Train station wise it would be something like moving up one or two stations up.

Having said that, I am looking forward to seeing the new price listings that will also kick off in March 2007. Specifically I am hoping that new fares will reflect the level of service offered especially by the trains because on my line barely a week goes without a service or two being cancelled.

Dave
I was originally sceptical about the abolishment of Zone 3, as the money to pay for it has to come from somewhere. I think in March 2007 we will see Zone 2 fares increase to almost the price of Zone 3.
Dave
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Wes
I also can't wait to see what the increase in fares will be. I sort of think that it won't be a massive increase though because the service hasn't been all that great. But yes Dave, somebody has to pay that deficit and its mostly likely to be the commuter. Who else?
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greg
My only guess is that the whole idea behind the abolishment of Zone 3 is to encourage people to live in the far flung suburbs of Melbourne and these people will still be able to work in Melbourne paying zone 2 fares.

At the moment its not attractive to live in zone 3 when you work in the city for example but now it will be seem more attractive if you know what I mean.
Expect to see more new housing estates in the coming weeks and months in the former zone 3 areas.
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