The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) says that prices have risen by more than 25% over the last five years. Let us call that an average of over 5% per annum. This time round the price of a Zones 1+2 Daily Full Fare ticket has risen from $9.50 to $9.90 which may well be too much. But consider that the old Zones 1+2+3 Daily Full Fare ticket cost $12.40. That ticket has ceased to exist. For anyone who uses PT from the outer suburbs this represents a definite improvement. One objection to this is that relatively few outer-suburban residents use PT because the service levels are dismal. However there still are those who depend on it and for them this must be a marked improvement.
Other price comparisons I have suggest that anyone who once had to buy a ticket covering the now abolished Zone 3 has benefited. Those only travelling within old Zones 1 or 2 will have experienced price rises. The Zone 2 Daily Full Fare ticket for instance has risen from $4.10 to $4.40. I suspect that this kind of price rise (over 5%) was likely to happen anyway and it is what commuters have come to expect. That was always gonna happen. So I think while the price rises are a problem I also think that the zone changes are of a benefit for those who most needed it.
Personally I have discovered benefits of the change other than monetary ones. It is a lot simpler now to decide what kind of ticket to purchase and what kind of service to use. In the past I sometimes felt forced to make a decision that was logistically stupid but financially wise. Now decisions are much more likely to make both logistical and financial sense. Those of us lacking technical minds are better off. For me there is just that bit more attraction in using a flawed service than there once was. For now I am content.