Melbourne Met Pass

Page last modified/checked: Sunday, 10th August, 2008

During the last few years of the neighbourhood fare structure, a variety of additional tickets types were introduced. With some of these, it was obvious they would only continue for as long as the neighbourhoods remained in situ. Some others were marketing ideas that could feasibly operate under any fare system.

The first of these additional tickets was the Melbourne Met Pass which was introduced on the 1st October 1987. This ticket was aimed at the tourist market and offered unlimited one day travel on all services within the neighbourhood system. Met Pass was sold as part of a wallet/kit containing the following:

A fold out map of the metropolitan rail and tram routes including information on how to reach many inner city attractions
A 76-page booklet listing a great many tourist attractions accessable by public transport with facts on many.
Procedures on how to present the Met Pass for validation on the desired day of travel.
The Met Pass kit was sold from these railway stations: Flinders Street, Spencer Street, Museum, Flagstaff, Parliament, Box Hill, Werribee, Frankston, Oakleigh, Heidelberg. Met pass was also available from these city locations: M.T.A. Sales and Service Department, The Met Concession office and the Royal Arcade kiosk. As well, it could be purchased from selected travel industry outlets (outside Melbourne?)
The Met Pass wallet was available in three packages: Adult wallet $8.00, Concession wallet $6.00, Family wallet $20.00. The concession wallet was available to holders of appropriate concession cards only, whilst the family wallet contained two adult and two concession tickets.

Given the wealth of information supplied in the wallet, it is unfortunate that Met Pass tickets were not offered as anything longer than one days travel. It is known that the tickets in wallets supplied to travel industry outlets were unnumbered. Met Pass tickets and wallet continued after the neighbourhood system was replaced by zones.

Met Pass tickets were printed on thin card.

This double panel leaflet thoroughly described Met Pass and the kit contents. Perhaps these leaflets were supplied to travel outlets ouside of Melbourne and perhaps Australia?