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MONTHLY, 6 MONTHLY OR YEARLY MET TICKETS AT 10% DISCOUNT FOR RESIDENTS OF METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: Discounted monthly, 6 monthly and yearly MET public transport tickets are available for purchase by residents of Greater Melbourne.

TARGET DATE: August 2003. PROGRESS: Some.

DESCRIPTION: As a means of increasing public transport patronage, reducing the need for enforcement and the cost of administering the ticket system, I proposed in a January 2002 letter to the public transport operators that the City of Melbourne be a pilot for providing discounted tickets to residents of the City of Melbourne.

I wrote to the public transport operators in January 2002 proposing that the City of Melbourne be a pilot for providing discounted tickets to residents of the City of Melbourne I suggested a minimum discount of 10% of existing monthly or longer duration tickets, that could be made available through an offer sent with rate notices.

As Convener of the Metropolitan Environment Forum, I further proposed that if the City of Melbourne pilot is successful, that the Metropolitan Environment Forum use its influence to extend the scheme to other Council's willing to participate.

The public transport operators agreed with this idea and have committed to progressing it.

I introduced a similar version of this known as the Commuter Club to the City of Melbourne staff in 2000. The Commuter Club as it operates at the City of Melbourne provides an opportunity for staff to elect to choose to use public transport at a discount, and for the cost of the ticket to be reimbursed to the City by salary sacrifice. The tickets are provided to staff at a 10% discount by the public transport operators and paid for up front by the City of Melbourne The City of Melbourne is then reimbursed through regular payroll deductions from the staff member. Multi-modal tickets for any zone combination are available. I negotiated the 10% discount for the City of Melbourne for 2002, which has been subsequently been re-offered.

In the scheme made available to residents, it expect the most expeditious means of selling the tickets is to arrange for residents providing proof of residency to buy the discounted tickets directly from MET ticket sellers.

I received a positive reply in early 2002 to the proposal. I will reactivate discussions in February 2003 to confirm that progress has been made.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Information on my introduction of the Commuter Club to Melbourne City Staff is at the page titled: Monthly, 6 monthly or yearly MET tickets at 10% discount for staff

Information on my proposal to introduce discounted tickets to City of Melbourne residents is at the page titled: Monthly, 6 monthly or yearly MET tickets at 10% discount for residents

Information on my proposal to introduce discounted tickets to City of Melbourne workers is at the page titled: Monthly, 6 monthly or yearly MET tickets at 10% discount for workers

 

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