Those low figures are just because they’ve still got a choice

More problems with myki:

JUST 4 per cent of the 587,000 trips taken each day on Melbourne’s trains are paid for using the new myki smartcard, leaked figures have shown.

And user numbers – tightly held by the government but leaked to the opposition last week – show thousands of myki users either failing to ”touch off” as they exit railway stations, or being unable to because equipment is broken.

The leaked figures show many of these myki users are being charged a higher ”default” fare as a result of not scanning off the system.

What are the odds that the State Government deals with this problem by speeding up the phase-out of the still-available alternatives?

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4 responses to “Those low figures are just because they’ve still got a choice

  1. i solved this problem months ago: get rid of zone 2, as apparently the main issue with the implementation of myki has been that we’re the only place stupid enough to charge poorer people in outer suburbs more to use the public transport they need.

    the benefits (aside from removing that stupidity) are 2fold: the government does something that will help them get votes, and myki will work (supposedly) which will take some of the wind out of baillieu’s sails when he attacks them.

    don’t get me wrong, the labor government are incompetent, corrupt and wasteful, but i suspect baillieu will be even worse and they’ve never come out with a policy that sounds like an improvement.

    vote [1] greens.

  2. “What are the odds that the State Government deals with this problem by speeding up the phase-out of the still-available alternatives?”

    better yet, they could introduce another expensive, unnecessary ticketing system!

    that way customers could ponder 3 confusing ticket choices, while waiting for their cancelled train…

    “To fund this 3rd generation SHYTE-KI ticketing system, Metro is proud to announce our next model train…”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handcar

  3. Chris Grealy

    Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll soon do what the Qld Govt did – force everyone to use plastic, double the fare, and then express surprise when no-body uses the system. Actually, I made up the last bit, but by Christ I can’t afford it anymore.

  4. philbert83au

    Probably quite likely!

    It would make sense in a Miki like system to allow people to set a default from/to station in their profile so unless they scan on/off somewhere else it’d register they’d done the trip and not charge a higher default. But that would make sense, so an unlikely outcome!

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