Rail users face myki switch

 

News article: Rail users face myki switch

Paper train tickets for several V/Line services will be abolished from Monday, with passengers forced to use the myki system.

  X Class Locomotive Driver

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.
Rail users face myki switch

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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  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
In Hong Kong you can buy the Myki equivalent, an Octopus Card, top it up, use it, then sell it back for a refund when you leave HK. Why not use this same principle with Myki?

And to make it more useful, an Octopus Card can be used to buy a coffee, newspaper etc.
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
Monday's discontinuation applies only to paper periodical tickets. Single and daily tickets will remain available yet.
http://www.vline.com.au/fares-and-tickets/tickets/myki.html
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There was an article on the ABC during the week stating since the introduction of Myki only patronage has dropped and fare evasion is up.  I agree in that the system is very unfriendly to visitors.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
In Hong Kong you can buy the Myki equivalent, an Octopus Card, top it up, use it, then sell it back for a refund when you leave HK. Why not use this same principle with Myki?

And to make it more useful, an Octopus Card can be used to buy a coffee, newspaper etc.
"TheBlacksmith"
This. You can use it to pay for breakfast, lunch, dinner, the morning paper, the evening paper and even a six-pack of beer. And when you're done, you arrive at the airport and go return the card to the MTR station office - voila, fully-cashed out.

Octopus is so easy and convenient, and so widespread, that it's not even funny. Even Singapore's equivalent is still stuck at the 'invading Macca's' stage - nowhere near the 'every noodle and congee restaurant' stage.
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
Remember that we were promised all that sort of thing with Myki - acceptance in taxis, 7-11s, all that. Those promises didn't survive the initial roll-out in 2009, let alone the Baillieu "Rationalisation" that cut short-term tickets and on-tram top-ups.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Remember that we were promised all that sort of thing with Myki - acceptance in taxis, 7-11s, all that. Those promises didn't survive the initial roll-out in 2009, let alone the Baillieu "Rationalisation" that cut short-term tickets and on-tram top-ups.
"jb17kx"
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