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[VIC] 30% Off-Peak (between 9.30am & 4pm or after 7pm on Weekdays) Myki Money Fare Discount on Public Transport @ PTV

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Hi OZB Family, came across this on the news, good for return to office folks in Melbourne.

Public transport fares outside of peak times will be discounted from Sunday 31 January 2021, encouraging metropolitan passengers to choose to travel during the quieter periods of the day.

The 30 per cent discount will be available for three months for passengers using myki Money to pay for their trips between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays.

Passengers must touch on and off on metropolitan trains, trams and buses in order to receive the automatic discount.

This discount is only valid for myki Money and for travel on weekdays within Zone 1 and Zone 1+2. It will not apply to travel that is already discounted, including travelling wholly within Zone 2, on the weekend or public holidays.

This metropolitan discount is in line with a 30 per cent off-peak discount that is already available on the V/Line regional train network.

More information will be available on the website shortly.

News article for reference.

Update: Extended until July.

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    • +25 votes

      Well, it is a promotional fare for 3 months, I'll let the admins decide, might still help quite a few. I know this deal will help me personally.

      • +2 votes

        Thanks, OP, will definitely help me for 3 months and that's a considerable discount :)

  • +25 votes

    Price increase 1st Jan, to offset this promotion.. lol

    • +1 vote

      It's not being increased on 1st Jan 2021, unlike every other year.
      Kinda obvious given the current circumstances.

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        r/woosh

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      Public Transport prices and services have screwed us for years in Melbourne. I'm glad the world is changing and we can now work more remotely than ever and I'm glad these companies are struggling because of it

  • +14 votes

    Not sure if this is a deal or not, but I support promoting it from a public health and network management perspective. Always good to get people to spread out their journeys, so we can enjoy less crowding/congestion :)

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    Good news for folks retuning to the office?

    Off-peak after 9.30am. So what time would these folks start working? Am jealous ;-))

    Mine starts 7am.

    • +12 votes

      Your travel (to work) should be free then.

      https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/travel-with-myki/tra....

      Early Bird train travel
      Your metropolitan train journey is free if you touch on and off before 7.15am on a weekday. Your journey won't be free if your myki balance is negative.

      • -8 votes

        Your journey won't be free if your myki balance is negative.

        "If you've not got any money to begin with then you're a piece of shit who can't use this promotion."

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        Correct. I haven’t paid for a trip to work in years. Only the return trip. Saved thousands.

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      I got a new job working full-time from home. No more Myki monthly pass :)

    • +16 votes

      To be fair, the stated intention of the 'off peak' fare is to spread the number of people travelling across longer hours, where it is possible for those travellers to do so.
      If the peak-hour(s) were discounted, there is no incentive to change behaviours.

      • +2 votes

        True that mate. My workplace covid safe return to office plan includes very flexible work options, staggered start and finish times across and within teams/ departments.

        With only small percentage of usual workplace capacity allowed back in the buildings at any given point of time, such cost saving initiatives will further support the big picture cause.

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        Honestly, not that I care. I always use Pass

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          How much discount does the Pass give you (assuming you use it every day of the pass validity)?

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            @GG57: Easier to look yourself, the saving goes up on longer passes (as does the chance you waste some of it)

            • +1 vote

              @Merlict: My question was related to this 30% discount for off-peak. Perhaps you would be better off with that fare (if you could travel within those restrictions) rather than the pass?

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                @GG57: The pass is about $6.50 per day so you could save some using this yeah.

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    Does it apply to students?

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      No

  • -1 vote

    So off peak weekdays daily fare =$9*0.7=$6.30

    But weekend/public holiday daily fare is $6.50

    Who is the genius in charge of this?

    • +10 votes

      What is the relevance of the comparison?

    • +1 vote

      There are different travel volumes and journeys on weekends compared to weekdays. This discount is designed to encourage passengers to travel at times when the network is quieter, which is only really an issue on Weekdays.

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        I agree. There are very few people traveling on Sundays and public holidays, much less than weekday off peak.
        (Excluding footy in and out of course)
        It makes no sense to me when public holiday fare is higher.

    • +2 votes

      You have applied the 30% discount to the 2020 fares. Do you know that those will be the 2021 fares?

  • -1 vote

    I wonder how PT is going to work on NYE… how will social distancing be enforced?

    • +5 votes

      Not sure if you know this but NYE fireworks got cancelled in Melbourne this year. Check this article. Much lesser crowd expected as a result.

    • -2 votes

      Also, public transport is excluded from social distancing laws/rules etc.

      • +3 votes

        Corona virus knows how to behave on public transport.

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        Why?

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          Because covid has a brain. Isn't that obvious?

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            @Preppin4death: I was asking why public transport is excluded from social distancing rules.

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    Are you sure Melbourne trains are clean enough now? Or this deal is to sweeten things up for exposing Melbourne commuters to coronavirus at the height of the pandemic

    • +8 votes

      If you ever expect public transport to be clean you're in for a bad time

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    between 9.30am & 4pm — does it mean touch-on or touch-off time? or — both within the time frame?

    • +1 vote

      "More information will be available on the our website shortly."

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      Seems safe to assume it's both?

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      Probably a touch off time. Like the free early bird 7:15am.

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      There's more information now: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/buy-a-myki-and-top-u...

      Passengers must touch off their myki between 9.30am and 4pm, or touch on before 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays to receive the off-peak fare discount.

  • +1 vote

    "good for return to office folks in Melbourne"

    Who goes to office after 9AM and comes back before 4pm?

    • +2 votes

      Some will go in for early bird and go home before 4, others will come in later and leave after 6.

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      probably the ones who have to drop off their kids at school and pick them up?

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    Will the trains have a guarantee they are so clean you can lick the doors

    • +1 vote

      Not sure about doors, but seats will be guaranteed.

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        Awesome

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    are trains socially distanced? i.e. 1 person per 3 seats? Back when I took the train every morning it was packed like sardines, so I have no idea how they'd have enough trains to run socially distanced, unless most people are working from home now.

    • +2 votes

      unless most people are working from home now.

      Lol. Welcome to 2020

      People been working from home since March and it's only just this week that 25% are allowed to start going back to the city / office

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        only those who can work from home. A ton of people can't due to the nature of their job.

        Even during lockdown those people weren't banned from working unless their place of employment was forced to shut down (gyms, movie theaters, department stores, etc). Some people's jobs depend on equipment and infrastructure not available at home.

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          Yes. Those who can. Why would I be talking about working from home and include those that can't?

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            @nismo: And I'm saying a ton of people couldn't.

  • +3 votes

    Assuming they don't get rid of Early Bird, you can travel in to touch off prior to 7:15 for free, and then go home prior to 4pm and save some cash. Or Work from home and spend nothing :)

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      True that, like your thought process!! :)

  • +1 vote

    Assuming there are trains running during this times and no one need to jump from train to train at Flinders, because of cancelations.

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    Based on current myki fares, the 30% discount works out to be the same cost as a pass (on a daily rate)

    I'd like to return to the office a few days a week but the time limitation means I'd only take advantage of one-way off peak, so might make more sense to use the pass and cancel as necessary and annoying as it is hmm

    I do like the idea of an incentive to get people away from peak hours, however some workplaces aren't that flexible (my own included)

  • -1 vote

    Public Transport should be free.

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      I thought it was

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    Doesn’t really help when work still wants everyone to be at office same time as before

  • +4 votes

    I travelled into the CBD by train all through Covid. I lost count of the number of times I was the only person in a carriage. It's certainly busier now than it was then. Generally people spread out as much as possible in a carriage, I'm yet to experience a real sardine carriage like the old days (and I just don't think it's going to happen, given the low number of people who are returning to work).

    I work for a large corporate in the CBD and so far the numbers returning are very low. Most of the people I speak to, particularly those who have a long commute, have no plan to return unless they really, really need to. Once you realise you don't need to spend two hours a day on a train, why would you? Okay maybe once a week or something but even then many won't do it.

    This is a fundamental change in the way companies operate and unless your job requires you to be physically on site, things will never be the same again.

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      Local hubs are going to boom. Plenty of high-rises planned throughout Footscray, Moonee Ponds, Box Hill, Ringwood, Glen Waverley, Springvale, etc. Maybe that tech city in Werribee will now happen too.

      Perhaps corporations will set up local hubs too, smaller offices spread out across the city. Then they can downsize their pricey CBD office space.

      • +2 votes

        Great in theory, wishful thinking, but sadly the government won't let its CBD centralisation model fail. There will be a gradual change however, more off-city business hubs will eventuate, but give it 2 years, things will start to normalise again and the rush towards CBD isn't likely going away any time soon. Both models can co-exist, so why not.

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    Didnt this used to be 6pm??