She’s got a ticket to ride ... and so do most people

March 06, 2018

A train arrives at Echuca station. Photo by Luke Hemer.

VICTORIA’S regional trains recorded a record high of 96.2 per cent of passengers travelling with a valid ticket.

Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) October 2017 Fare Compliance Survey released on February 27 shows V/Line recorded its best result since the surveys began in 2012.

PTV chief executive Jeroen Weimar said the results come at a time when record numbers of services are being delivered on the network and patronage is increasing significantly.

‘‘We believe most travellers want to do the right thing and we’re helping by making the ticketing system as user-friendly as possible,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re making it easier to travel with a valid ticket with initiatives like faster online top-up times, faster myki readers, contactless payment machines and trials of next generation quick top-up machines at key locations across the network.’’

In northern Victoria, fare evasion was at 1.8% — the lowest in the state.

The Victorian Fare Compliance Survey is conducted in May and October each year.

Throughout the October period, more than 16,000 tickets were checked on V/Line services.

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