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Old July 31st, 2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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MISC | Fare Zones

Sorry if this topic has been done before...

My city, Hartford in the US, does not have a metro or a train system. However, we do have an express commuter bus system connecting the suburbs to Downtown alongside a more extensive local bus system. The Express bus has 4 zones, with the last zone costing $3.60 one way. A monthly pass to Zone 4 will cost you $122.

Does your city's transit system have a fare zone system? How much does it cost? And what are your opinions on the advantages and drawbacks of the Zones?

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Old July 31st, 2007, 08:56 AM   #2
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Vancouver is divided into 3 fare zones



1 zone travel is $2.25
2 zone travel is $3.25
3 zone travel is $4.50

there is talk of changing it to a distance based fare - so you would pay probably pay more fairly - for instance a lot of people complain that travelling from surrey central to new west is like 3 stops away but requires a two zone ticket
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Old July 31st, 2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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Toronto's commuter system, GO Transit operates on a zoned basis, with fare being calculated based on distance. As there are cross network routes, the zones are a little more complicated than a simple set of concentric rings around the city. Basically each stop/station is grouped together with relatively nearby stops/stations to form a zone. Sometimes you may have two stations on different lines which aren't necessarily adjacent to one another, but are approximately the same distance from a common originating point. In this case they would fall into the same zone. There's a preview map of the zones on this website, just scroll to the fourth map.

Toronto's municipal system, the TTC operates on a zoned basis based on the city's boundaries. Service into neighbouring cities is on a contractual basis. When a TTC bus crosses into the next city it operates on their behalf. Their fare is collected from the passengers on board either once the boundary is crossed or upon exiting the bus (through the front door) depending on the length of the route in what's officially termed "Zone 3". Historically, the TTC operated with up to 6 zones in concentric rings around the original city limits. Zone 2 corresponded with roughly the original city boundary with the inner suburbs. Zone 3 still stands as the metropolitan city boundary, while zones 4-6 were roughly based on distance from downtown Toronto.

In most cases routes terminated at the zone boundary. You would transfer onto another bus, pay a supplementary fare when showing your transfer and continue on your way. The odd route that would continue past a zone boundary would stop at the boundary and someone would come by and collect the supplementary fare from all of the passengers before continuing.

Vancouver also has zones, but I'll let someone else fill you in on that.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 12:48 PM   #4
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Hong Kong's trains and buses do not run on a zonal fare system, but they charge different fares depending on the distance travelled. A formula is used to compute fares (ie. X cents per km) and increases must be approved by the government regulator.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 12:58 PM   #5
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Hong Kong's trains and buses do not run on a zonal fare system, but they charge different fares depending on the distance travelled. A formula is used to compute fares (ie. X cents per km) and increases must be approved by the government regulator.
Actually, HK's LRT DOES HAVE a zonal fare system. It has 5 zones for single-ride tickets and 8 zones for Octopus Cards. You may check this here.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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Melbourne formerly had 3 concentric zones: they've now been reduced to two.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 02:03 PM   #7
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London has six of them, numbered 1-6, starting in the centre. 4 extra zones for the far-out Metropolitan line stations in the very north-west that are called A-B-C-D.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/lon_con.pdf
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Old July 31st, 2007, 02:19 PM   #8
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we have it for the urban area (vorarlberg / west austria)

also here just .pdf: http://www.vmobil.at/Pdf/Zonenplan.pdf

... at all i think nearly every country has something similar
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Old July 31st, 2007, 03:31 PM   #9
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We have a national system that divides the whole country in different zones and is used by all companies in bus, tram, metro, trollybus etc. But not for the railways. Each zone has a four digit code and the amount payed is the amount of zones traveled +1 as starting fare (with one zone costing around €0,40) My city (Rotterdam) roughly covers 6 zones but going from one side of the city to the other takes up a maximum of 4 zones (thus effectively paying 5)

This system is currently being replaced with a new system that uses a similair system as the HK one, paying for the amount of actual km travelled and should cover the entire country by 2009.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 04:21 PM   #10
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Within the city limits ther is only one 1 zone.
one way: 1,6€

Switching lines is included in there, and you can use also the S-Bahn that is not run by the Wiener Linien but the national railways ÖBB, ie every public means of transport you can find within the city limits.

There are cheaper tickets for heavy users of course.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 04:40 PM   #11
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Metropolitan Melbourne only has two zones, with regional travel being charge in km stages based on zones.

When the myki smartcard comes into operation next year, both systems will be merged into one large zonal system starting in Melbourne (zn1) for the whole of Victoria.

We don't allow roaming of other cities cards on myki.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 07:23 PM   #12
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Hamburg's Fare Zone System can be very complicated.

Look here.

Zone-rings A and B are Greater Hamburg while the other zone-rings reach into the metropolitan area. Each Zone-ring consists of several small zones.

The most common single ticket is the one for 2,60 Euro which is valid for the two inner zone-rings or for 1-2 other zone-rings. However there are also tickets for short (a few zones max.) and ultrashort (within one zone) trips. However I don't know anybody who buys them as nobody wants to waste time studying the fare zone map.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 09:46 PM   #13
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The Chicago Transit Authority, which operates the el/subway and buses that serve the city, does not have fare zones. Metra, which operates the commuter trains that run from the city to suburbs up to 50 miles away, does have fare zones.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 11:59 PM   #14
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York Region (just north of Toronto) operates two zones. One for southern portion of the county, the other for the northern. Also, for handicap service there is a third zone along the furthest north towns. However, for normal service I believe it is still zone 2 and transfers should be accepted up there. To cross between zones it costs $1. There is a buffer zone though in the center of the county where you can head north or south without paying an extra dollar.

There also seems to be an unofficial buffer zone between Finch and Steeles, along the north end of Toronto. For example, you can catch a bus in York Region and take it south to York University or Finch subway station (both within Toronto) and not pay a TTC fare.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 12:52 PM   #15
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Here's a map of the Copenhagen zones which can be very complicated IMO:
http://www.movia.dk/oversigtskort/zo...ovedstaden.pdf
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 12:55 AM   #16
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Copenhagen has to have one of the most complex zone systems on the face of the earth.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 01:08 AM   #17
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Oh yeah, copenhagen's is awful: "Wait, how many klippekorten do we need now?" Also our danish hosts had some problems to find the correct fare for us.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 04:45 AM   #18
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The two other main zonal systems in Australia (I do not know how Adelaide works and Canberra, Newcastle etc are all much smaller):

TransLink (South East Queensland), one of the largest systems geographically in the whole world. To give you a sense of scale, to travel by rail from the northern-most station to the southern-most is a distance of about 1/4 of the distance from Brisbane to Sydney, or 250km:

http://www.translink.com.au/qt/trans...p_zone_seq.pdf
http://www.translink.com.au/qt/trans...FaresGuide.pdf

The inner area of Brisbane is located in Zones 1-5 on the map above, in more detail on this one:

http://www.translink.com.au/qt/trans...p_zone_bus.pdf

Zones 5-8 are roughly speaking the outer metropolitan area, beyond that you get into the interurban area towards the Sunshine Coast to the north and Gold Coast to the south. Fares are the same for each particular zone, it depends on the number of zones travelled.

Transperth in Western Australia is similar, but not as expansive and with a free travel zone in the CBD:

http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/Port...Zone%20map.pdf

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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:49 AM   #19
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Zagreb's divided on 5 zones. First one covering the city of Zagreb. Second and third are covering suburbs, fourth and fifth are the smallest and they stretch to the boundaries of Zagreb district around the city.
Most of the public transport is in the first and second zone. At fifth zone there is only two lines of buses that drives there.
Zones are covering some nearby satelite cities inside of which is operating Zagreb public transport, the tickets there are managed by the special fares defined by local goverment. In the first zone tickets in one direction costs around 1.1 Euros, by night the prices are double.
I'd like to put some picture with post, but site of Zagreb transport is under construction, so maybe later i'll edit this post:-)
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 05:45 AM   #20
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The 'strippenkaart' in NL is based on zoning. 1 zone is 1 'strip'. The price depends on the age group. Zoning does not end at the borders of the cities. The more zones you travel, the longer your total time will be. Doesn't matter whether you're returning, or switching lines.

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In some cities though, such as in Arnhem, the single ticket is reintroduced and proven very popular. 1euro for 1 ride (no switch)
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