On Thu, 28 Jul 2022 at 14:57, TP historyworks@...> wrote:
> The interview with Daniel has appeared on the Facebook pages of the Age
> and the radio station and the comments on both are overwhelmingly against
> canning the FTZ, not that we should entirely go by Facebook comments. Two
> of the reasons given are that the free travel encourages economic activity
> and tourism in the CBD and that it makes it easier for people from outside
> Melbourne to move around the CBD as they typically don't ave Myki cards.
> The latter points to a deficiency in the Myki system in that one-off users
> can't buy a day ticket from a machine at tram and train stops, unlike in
> other states and ACT.
Yes. You can buy a Myki card at most CBD tram stops, and load it with a day
of fares, but yes it's not exactly easy for a new user.
The main reason the opinion piece happened was a discussion around
forthcoming upgrades to Myki, which will include options to pay your fare
using an iPhone (Android is already possible) or a bank-issued card, which
for most new users removes the issue of Myki cards.
> For certain, there are two main ways to go. Either cancel the free travel
> or build up the fleet to 30 metre trams and closer headways. I think
> another interim possibility until tram capacity grows is to just run a
> single free loop tram service around the CBD, like the free bus loops in
> other cities.
Prior to 2015, that's exactly what we had: the free City Circle tram.