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COMMUTERS dealing with crushingly long queues at city loop railway station exits face another month of frustration before new myki readers are switched on.
A batch of 27 new myki-only readers designed to ease the severe peak-hour bottlenecks at ticket barriers have been erected, but they are at least two weeks away from operation.
They are being installed months early, in response to Metro's decision last month to throw open loop station barriers to cut long queues it deemed a threat to passenger safety.
Ten new myki readers have been installed at parliament station and these will become operational in about two weeks, a spokesman for the Transport Ticketing Authority said.
Flagstaff will be the next station to get new readers and it is hoped all stations in the CBD will have extra entry and exit points by the end of next month.
''The Transport Ticketing Authority is hoping to have most of the additional readers in service by mid-May, with myki-only gates to follow by the end of that month,'' chief executive Bernie Carolan said.
But the additional readers will only be switched on and the gates opened when Metro's station staff judge that queues are growing unreasonably long.
"The readers will be located near fenced areas that will be opened at the discretion of Metro staff to assist passengers with exiting safely and as quickly as possible, particularly during the morning peak, and at the Elizabeth Street entrance to Flinders Street [station] in the evening peak,'' Mr Carolan said.
There will be 27 new points once the readers are working.
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