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Free Travel on Public Transports on Jul-30 (VIC Only) - Updated W Metro Official Announcement

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Updated: July 27th, 2010

Public announcement on Metrotrains.com.au (http://www.metrotrains.com.au/About-us/News/Friday-30-July-F...)

Travel on Metro (and tram and metropolitan bus) will be free on Friday 30 July. Yearly, monthly and weekly ticket holders will be able to apply for a free daily ticket as compenstation for the disruptions on Tuesday 27 July. Please complete one of the following forms to claim:

myki Claim Form (http://www.metrotrains.com.au/Media/docs/myki%20Claim%20Form...)

Metcard Claim Form (http://www.metrotrains.com.au/Media/docs/Metcard%20Claim%20F...)

Please note, this is a different form and process to applying for monthly compensation. Information on compensation for July will be available in the below monthly section on 10 August.

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  • +2 votes

    when this can happen in Sydney! even though i drive….

    • +4 votes

      We are being given it, because they had massive railway disruptions.

      Further, the transport minister says it will at least be partly funded by the tax payers.

      Lastly, The Age article's quote from the transport minister suggests he hasn't even gotten the rail way company to agree to paying any of it.

      you don't want this in Sydney.

  • +1 vote

    Me smells a state election this year.

  • +10 votes

    What a joke the public transport system is in Melbourne. I got to work 3 hours late this morning losing 3 hours pay and this is all we get offered free travel on Friday, it will probably be behind time and I will be late again anyway.

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    So they should give out free transport for a day, i was an hour late today!!

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      They aren't giving it out, as such.

      You're paying for it.

      The quotes there suggest the public transport minister doesn't even have buy in from Metro, so it may be tax payers paying for it, 100%. :(

  • +1 vote

    it seems strange when they do the free day thing because people on monthly/yearly/weekly tickets get no benefit of this at all. they should make those tickets expire one day later than their actual expire date.

    lucky for me my monthly ticket expired today :D

  • +1 vote

    The people that are affected by the delay today are the people that commute daily to and from work. The chances are these people would be using weekly, monthly or yearly tickets.

    So whats in this free day for them?

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    yesss

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    what happen today?

    i was sick leave and at home today :P

    • +10 votes

      Aparently two people farted on a train carriage simultaneously and the Metro system collapsed. Our trains are only designed for one SBD/5min per carriage ;-)

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    the article said you can get a replacement ticket if you've used one today. anyone know how to get?

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      If you on a weekly, monthly or yearly, fill in the form on the metro site below for compensation.

      http://www.metrotrains.com.au/About-us/News/Friday-30-July-F...

      Note: the forms are SPECIFICALLY for this friday. Please send in a photocopy, not your original metcard (if not using myki) so that you can claim your Monthly compensation in future.

      Note: The compensation is for this friday's free travel due to today's screw up. There is no compensation specifically for today's screw up.

  • +1 vote

    I was in Melbourne last weekend. Your public transport is 10x better than anything in Brisbane.

  • -2 votes

    People are quick to moan about public transport, but then they are even quicker to moan about increased taxes to pay for the improvements they want.

    • +4 votes

      Or $1.3billion of those taxes were put towards a ticketing systems that was years overdue and millions of dollars over budget, when that money could have been put towards said improvements.

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    Does it mean we can jump on any train/tram/bus without tickets on Friday?

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    I read a quote in an age news article. "We are extending that offer to weekly ticket holders and anybody that can show they have a validated ticket for today," Mr Pakula said. not sure how heavily this will be policed.

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    it means nothing to me. I have a monthly ticket.

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    http://www.metrotrains.com.au/About-us/News/Friday-30-July-F...

    "Travel on Metro (and tram and metropolitan bus) will be free on Friday 30 July. Yearly, monthly and weekly ticket holders will be able to apply for a free daily ticket as compenstation for the disruptions on Tuesday 27 July. Please complete one of the following forms to claim:

    Please note, this is a different form and process to applying for monthly compensation. Information on compensation for July will be available in the below monthly section on 10 August."

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      The heading says: Friday 30 July - Free travel on public transport

      Is this restricted to season ticket holders only or does it apply to everyone else?

      • +1 vote

        It's free for everyone. You do not require a metcard or myki to travel within zones 1 and 2 this friday.

        If you are holding a periodic ticket, then you would already have prepaid for this friday. Hence, Metro will refund you by sending you 1 daily metcard. Just fill in the form in the above link.

  • +1 vote

    Bit of a coincidence, only time I have to go into the city this month is on this Friday.

    Still, this might have changed the story a little for the evening news (at the cost of 1mil apparently) but actual commuters aren't really going to be appeased saving a few dollars.

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    Sydney CityRail tickets are ripped off..

  • +1 vote

    Everyone is a railway expert now! If it were up to the public to run it, there would be no trains.

    I find that Metro are doing a fine job, the last few weeks have been perfect, but of course no one reports or complains when things are running great!

    A few minutes here and there and one bad day and people think its the end of the world… I have noticed the progress, keep it up Metro!

    A free ticket is better than no free ticket - thanks!

    • +1 vote

      :P it's not free if you're the one paying for it ..

      Have Metro stated how much if any, they are going to contribute towards Friday yet?

      I know the government's launched it but they didn't specify early on:
      - if they had Metro's agreement (they indicated they expect Metro will be contributing)
      - how much Metro would be asked to pay


      True that this was set to be the first month, of Metro's 8 months, that they were going to deliver to the agreed service levels for avoiding a penalty, but that's all changed now.

      So, on the one hand, it's been weeks of better service, which has been paid for … but it's been months of inadequate service for some people too (as in, fines had to be paid) :(

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    i will laugh if the whole system goes haywire on friday.
    free ticket, better than nothing, comes in handy after my monthly expires and i forget to buy a ticket.

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      that's why I was asking on the other thread, if they had fixed up last year's overcrowding issue … if not, it's going to be interesting

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