No correction required.it should be easy question to answer:
Any ticketing system should be able to answer the fundamental question of "How much is it from A to B?" with a single cash value. If you get discounts by purchasing a particular product or using the system in a particular way then great. But Myki means there is no answer for those who ask that question. That is very off-putting for anyone less than familiar with public transport such as our many visitors.
"We'd like to go to Sovereign Hill for the day. How much will that be?"
"Well Sir if you first buy this card and just do that it you need to load value but if you also do this and something else you need to add a different value .... "
"I just want to know how much it is to Sovereign Hill for two and two kids"
"I'm sorry Sir there isn't an definitive answer to that question"
"Thanks - We'll go rent a car"
I have already heard conversations in the workplace regarding the cost of taking the family to the Royal Melbourne Show (a traditional day out often by train) next week. People who only use the train on this one occasion a year (if that) are comparing the prices from previous years. It's more than doubled if you add in renting a Myki.
a family of 4 with 2 kids: $92.76 if they need a myki or if they all got a myki: $74.76
a family of four travelling in off-peak with need of buying a myki card will cost:
2 * full fare myki ($6 * 2)
2 * child myki ($3 * 2)
Total = $18.00
2* full fare zone 1 to 8 daily cap: $49.84 (24.92 each)
2 * child fare zone 1 to 8 daily cap:$24.92 (12.46 each)
total = $74.76
if they hire a car:
it will cost:$69.00 for car hire +
fuel = 48.00
total = $117.00
the question is - is there time worth :$24.25 or $6.06 per person extra if they travel by car