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Myki will become the only ticket valid for Melbourne's public transport system on December 29.
Metcard validating machines on trams will be switched off the day before, and Metcards will cease to be sold at train stations by the end of October.
More than 85 per cent of public transport users already use Myki, up from 20 per cent at the start of the year.
Transport Ticketing Authority chief Bernie Carolan said the biggest remaining challenge lay in convincing the one-in-four bus passengers that still use Metcard to switch.
The time to switch is now, he said.
He warned there would be no grace period for people travelling without a myki from December 29.
“From the middle of November customers with unused Metcards will be able to transfer them to a myki as myki money at their local staffed station at no cost,” Mr Carolan said.
Remaining dual Metcard/myki ticket barriers at railway stations will begin to be removed at the same time, with most Metcard validating machines expected to be gone before the end of the year.
‘‘The process of removing Metcard equipment from railway stations over the coming months will have its challenges, but is made easier with the bulk of passengers already using myki,’’ Mr Carolan said.
‘‘Progressively from mid-November through December we will be revisiting all suburban stations and starting to withdraw those validators and repair the station environment and in some cases replace the validators with new myki equipment,’’ he said.
‘‘So on a station-by-station basis at that point people will not be able to validate a Metcard. They will still be able to use one if it has been validated on a bus or a tram.’’
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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