I was thinking on the way home on the bus from volunteering in Queenscliff on Thursday, and it occured to me:
If we're still having fare issues with Myki now, then what will it be like when Myki goes live on V/Line services...will it be able to distinguish between peak and off peak fares?
I know people such as Revenue will say something like, 'of course!'. but I have worries when the fine line between what Myki is programmed to do, and what happens in reality.
Example being, there is a train bound for Marshall that leaves Spencer Street
Southern Cross at 1559hrs, 1 minute before the afternoon peak period kicks in, and the more expensive peak fares apply. Arrival times at Geelong, Sth Geelong, and Marshall, are 1657hrs, 1700hrs, and 1709hrs respectively.
What assurances are there that pax bound for these stations will be charged the off peak fare, with the Myki system recognising that a train left Spencer Street
Southern Cross before the peak period started, but the time is around about 1700hrs, and an hour into the afternoon peak?
And what will happen if this train is late? How will Myki distinguish between trains arriving in the Geelong area? Some people like arriving early for trains, so if I touch on at, say, 1530hrs, along with a friend, I catch the 1559hrs service to Marshall, and my friend misses the train because he was too long in the Gents, but he then catches the 1619hrs to Geelong. How will Myki be able to differentiate between the pair of us when we go to clock off, especially if the train I'm runs late?