There are thousands of free vouchers available to encourage people to return to Melbourne’s CBD. Here’s how to catch one.
Victorians will be given a quarter of free public transport vouchers to encourage more people in Melbourne’s struggling CBD.
from 16 December. About 250,000 vouchers will be given up to public transport victoriawebsite of.
The vouchers will be in addition to the free travel days on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Melbourne’s CBD is struggling after months of lockdown, with many businesses closed and city employees still working from their homes.
But pedestrian movement is slowly increasing as the state reopens and adjusts to living with the coronavirus.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said the voucher scheme would “promote a safe return to Melbourne’s CBD”.
“There is no doubt that winners will be looking forward to celebrating their hard-earned freedom this festive season, so we are making sure they have travel options to do so,” he added.
To get the free pass, valid during December and January, travelers must apply for a voucher that will be emailed to print or download to a smartphone.
Thereafter, passengers will be asked to show them to staff when entering or exiting public transport.
Vouchers will be divided into five event categories – Christmas Events, Galleries & Attractions, Dining, Performing Arts and Shopping – with 50,000 passes allocated for each category.
Trains, trams and buses across the state will also be made free for all passengers between 3 am on 25 December to 3 am on 26 December as well as 6 pm on 31 December to 6 am on 1 January .
Mr Carroll said metropolitan public transport fares would increase by 2.3 percent from January 1 after the government cut fares last year.
This will be a 20 per cent increase in the daily cost of Zone 1 and 2 metropolitan tickets.
But the state’s opposition was criticizing the terms of the voucher program and said it had been demanding free travel for more than a month till December and January.
Deputy Victorian Liberal Leader David Southwick said, “Instead of a restrictive and limited voucher programme, the government should offer unlimited free travel across the Melbourne CBD in December and January to ensure it is the Christmas present that all Victorians enjoy.” can take.”