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Fare rise too soon

Last week the Victorian state government announced the new fares for Melbourne’s metropolitan public transport system starting from the first of January 2008 and unlike this year there will be no delay in implementing the new price regime.

This year the new prices became effective in March because the service was so poor this time last year that a price rise wouldn't have been appropriate at the time but I think it seems that they think the service is better this time around. This has made next year's price appear to come so soon.

To be fair on my line the service has been quite good with very few cancellations but delays seem to be the norm especially on the way home which is sometimes good if I would have missed the train had there been no delay but not so good if I have to be at my destination at a certain time.

Its good to see anyway that a new weekend metcard will be introduced in April 2008 and even though I don't travel that much over the weekend it will be a worthwhile card to have because the fare is nearly half price the weekday one.

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