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Getting rid of Zone 3

From March 4 2007, the Melbourne Metropolitan transport Zone 3 will cease to exist and therefore there will only be two zones, 1 and 2. This was a promise from the state election now being carried through and will greatly benefit those people currently living in zone 3.

For somebody like me living on the boundary of zone 1 and zone 2, but on the zone 2 side I thought that there would also be consideration to extend zone 1 a little bit. Train station wise it would be something like moving up one or two stations up.

Having said that, I am looking forward to seeing the new price listings that will also kick off in March 2007. Specifically I am hoping that new fares will reflect the level of service offered especially by the trains because on my line barely a week goes without a service or two being cancelled.

I was originally sceptical about the abolishment of Zone 3, as the money to pay for it has to come from somewhere. I think in March 2007 we will see Zone 2 fares increase to almost the price of Zone 3.

I also can't wait to see what the increase in fares will be. I sort of think that it won't be a massive increase though because the service hasn't been all that great. But yes Dave, somebody has to pay that deficit and its mostly likely to be the commuter. Who else?

My only guess is that the whole idea behind the abolishment of Zone 3 is to encourage people to live in the far flung suburbs of Melbourne and these people will still be able to work in Melbourne paying zone 2 fares.

At the moment its not attractive to live in zone 3 when you work in the city for example but now it will be seem more attractive if you know what I mean.
Expect to see more new housing estates in the coming weeks and months in the former zone 3 areas.

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