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[VIC] Free Public Transport on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 2020

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Public transport will be free on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve to ensure Victorians can celebrate safely with their family and friends.

Christmas Day
Metropolitan and regional public transport will be free from 3am on Christmas Day 25 December until 3am on 26 December Boxing Day. Trains, trams and buses will run to a Sunday timetable with Night Network services running through the night.

Passengers using a myki are not required to touch on and off and will not be charged if they do. V/Line passengers still need to book their travel on reserved services and will be issued a ticket free of charge.

New Year’s Eve
All train, tram and bus services will be free from 6pm on New Year’s Eve 31 December until 6am on New Year’s Day 1 January.

Public transport will continue all night across the network on New Year’s Eve so that passengers can get home safely.

New Year’s Eve festivities will be different this year without any fireworks. Melburnians are encouraged to plan ahead and pre-book venues before travelling to the CBD. A normal weekday timetable will run till midnight on New Year’s Eve, with limited additional services running after midnight.

Metropolitan trains will operate to a 15-minute frequency between midnight and 1am and a 30-minute frequency between 1am and 2am and every 60-minutes from 2am.
On metropolitan trams, most services will operate all night, running to a 15-20-minute frequency between midnight and 2am and every 60-minutes from 2am.
Passengers using a myki are not required to touch on and off and will not be charged if they do. V/Line passengers still need to book their travel on reserved services and will be issued a ticket free of charge.

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  • +21 votes

    MASKS REQUIRED

  • +10 votes

    Free Public Transport on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 2020

    That's the normal price on those days. Has been for many years. This is not a bargain…

    • its more of a PSA but most people here in VIC kinda expect it since its happened every year for as long as i remember

    • I thought you'd be complaing about having to provide your own mask making this more expensive than normal.

  • +2 votes

    How about NSW? Want to see fireworks on Sydney.

  • Now if they offered a free Covid vaccine whilst on the bus/train etc…with a voucher to get the second vacccine at the appropriate juncture (not junction).

  • If you value social distancing it's best to stay home. The trains (especially regional trains) are usually VERY busy with the free transport on Christmas Day.

    And if you are going to have a random trip, make sure you check the return time. Services like Echuca will leave you with a very very long wait to come home with practically nothing open in town in the meantime!

  • Superspreader event!

  • FREE COVID FOR EVERYONE!

  • COVID coming

  • That's the bait…for the next lockdown…LOL

  • Damn. I touched on for the morning commute to work.

    • free from 6pm on New Year’s Eve 31 December until 6am on New Year’s Day 1 January

      You did the right thing.

  • I think we should now call this as a “long running deal” applicable on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve EVERY YEAR

  • Don't think people would risk it considering we just got a taste of the latest fashionable virus from Sydney.

    • I'm going to a club in the CBD in a few hours. Not scared and see no risk at all. Happy new year everybody.

      • see no risk at all

        That is the point. You can't see the risk until you get a positive result or end up in hospital, or luckily you might be asymptomatic but bad luck for the other person who gets it from you and end up in hospital.

        Don't end up being a mysterious positive case. You might have pre booked, enjoy yourself and good luck. I have learnt to not pre book anything this year or the next until it is resolved.

        Herd immunity, herd thinking, herd infection. I'd rather not join the herd in 2020, I like to party as much as everyone else but no thanks.

        • People who are strongly affected by lockdowns will disagree with you. I'm not saying either of us is right or not.

          If I was on an unaffected working from home salary, a healthy savings balance and had a great social circle then I may be on the other side of the argument. I'm not saying you are or aren't well off during this lockdown because I don't know you personally. What I mean is that it seems as if the only people in agreeance with the lockdowns are those who are not severely financially or socially affected.

          • @Mysterious:

            it seems as if the only people in agreeance with the lockdowns are those who are not severely financially or socially affected.

            The only people in agreement with a lock down are the ones who don't want to have a longer lock down or if you read above have your love ones die and not be able to see them because other people decided they didn't need to take precautions (hotel quarantine outbreak) or turn up to work because they are sick and giving it to few other people who will give it to a few other people.

            Even if you could work from home and still have job it isn't something you would want to do. To even suggest that is alright is a bit far fetched. Social aspects: were you even in Melbourne for the lock down, did anyone not get severely affected?

            If everyone decides they are going to run around spreading it then you can be pretty sure we're heading for another lock down.

            • @netjock: Weigh up the costs though. For example the US and UK could get down to 0 daily cases but at what cost? I would've been in support of a lockdown if they followed the path NZ did - do it right the first time and you won't need to do it again, then there will be no need to toy with peoples livelihoods. It's pretty easy for Dandrews and other politicians to make decisions with a $500k salary, healthy savings and his family unaffected. I'm not even talking about my own experience, just put yourself in the shoes of those who are severely impacted by the lockdowns.

              Assuming there is no vaccine, or no vaccine fully available for a couple of years, there will always be cases popping up sporadically, so should business owners and "non-essential" workers live on the edge for the rest of their lives, or until a vaccine comes out?

              I think we won't see eye to eye just because we live different lives. I may be completely wrong, and you may be completely wrong, but I have a new year to celebrate after a debilitating year. Happy holidays & happy new year man.

              • @Mysterious:

                For example the US and UK could get down to 0 daily cases but at what cost?

                You know how many people are infected and died in those countries. Doesn't even need a question mark.

                You can impose a lock down but it doesn't stop people sneaking around and passing it on. Everyone can tell themselves the government is wrong and sneak around. When someone in your family dies, well that is on you isn't it. I repeat, COVID19 is a risk you can't see. If you are half as successful at your job as COVID19 you would be making at least twice as much as Dan Andrews.

  • Shouldn't public transport charge extra for avoiding unnecessary travel instead LOL ?!!