Paper train tickets for several V/Line services will be abolished from Monday, with passengers forced to use the myki system.
Passengers travelling between Melbourne and Traralgon, Bendigo, Ballarat, and Seymour will have to make the switch.
Myki was introduced on shorter regional train journeys this year but longer-haul trips to Mildura, Wodonga and Warrnambool services are still using the paper ticket system.
This is making it increasingly difficult for visitors from outside Victoria to use the rail system. I certainly wouldn't want to purchase a Myki card just to do one or two trips. I couldn't even board a tram (city circle excepted of course) the last time I visited Melbourne. What about the tourists who want to catch the train to Belgrave so as to visit the Puffing Billy? Yes, the smartcard technology is wonderful and convenient for the regular users, as has been proven where I live in Perth, but cash tickets are still easily available for the casual user. Does the Victorian gogernment want visitors to use its public transport system or not?
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