FREE SATURDAY TRAVEL FOR SENIORS AS MYKI ROLLS OUT

FREE SATURDAY TRAVEL FOR SENIORS AS MYKI ROLLS OUT

Posted on 18. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

All Victorian Seniors Card holders will be eligible for free weekend travel with the Brumby Labor Government extending free Sunday travel to Saturdays from January 1 next year.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the introduction of myki created greater opportunity for more Seniors Card holders to benefit from free travel on weekends.

“From 1 January next year a Seniors myki will provide free travel on Saturday and Sunday across any two consecutive zones,” Mr Pakula said.

“This will mean Seniors myki card holders will be able to travel for free all weekend on many operating town bus services and in some instances, take short trips on V/Line train and coach services.

“All seniors who live in regional Victoria will also have the number of free V/Line travel vouchers increased from two to four to use at their discretion.”

Since myki went live on trams and buses on July 25, the Transport Ticketing Authority and Kamco have been finalising the senior’s myki card roll out.

“There are more than 400,000 people who are registered for a Seniors Sunday Pass who will be mailed a free myki card and the mailout will begin in September and be completed in November,” Mr Pakula said.

“Seniors will soon be able to have a choice to use Metcard or take advantage of their new myki which will be sent to them free of charge.”

Mr Pakula encouraged all seniors who aren’t registered for the offer to apply for a free myki card to take advantage of the public transport benefits.

“People who aren’t already registered for a Seniors Sunday Pass can still get a Seniors myki free of charge.  Just pick up an application form from any staffed V/Line or Metro premium station, the Metshop or by printing one off the myki website (myki.com.au),” he said.

“Mail in the completed application form and you will receive your first registered Seniors myki free before the end of the year.”

Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa Neville said free public transport would help seniors live a healthy and active life.

“We know that the free Sunday travel is very popular with seniors who are able to visit family and friends or visit other areas of Melbourne that is why we have increased the free travel to include Saturdays,” Ms Neville said.

“Giving people the opportunity to travel reduces social isolation and allows older Victorians to stay connected to their communities.

“It also allows them to remain independent and encourages them to get out and be active.”

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