Honestly, what is the point of buying a myki if you only travel, say, once a year?
Or less! Which is precisely my point as well.
I am not against the purchase price (or my preference, a deposit) of a Myki card for regular users, I am just against charging people what I regard as an exorbitant fee for something that they may only use once or twice in their lifetime, and then throw away once they finish their trip.
Which is why I like the idea of the $6/3 fee being replaced by a deposit (if management still persist in having some sort of charge)....you get back your deposit when you hand in your Myki card (in good condition) once you no longer need it
I think that the system should be like Citylink where you pay $50 to open an account with an e-tag, however the $50 becomes credit on your account. The $6/3 fee should become credit on the myki card and thus removing the need to pay for a card you may only use once.
I see that Myki will be introduced onto V/Line services with the removal of off-peak tickets. If I can't still get my paper ticket at Bacchus Marsh station for travel to Melbourne, well I just will not use public transport any more.
There is no off-peak tickets for a Melbourne to Zone B location at the current moment.
Under Myki - off-peak fares:
The discount for off-peak travel is 30 per cent (this is applied after any concession discount).
Customers who do not touch on and off correctly will be charged a peak fare.
For customers travelling off-peak, the equivalent peak fare contributes toward the Daily cap, even
though they are paying a reduced fare.
For example when a full fare customer travels three zones off-peak, 100 per cent of the standard fare will be counted towards the Daily cap even though only 70 per cent of the standard fare has been paid.
People in Bacchus Marsh station for travel to Melbourne will pay less under MYKI compare they paying today with a paper ticket.
Daily paper ticket: Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh:$12.70
Myki daily cap : Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh:$11.84
The problem I see V/Line users needing to travel 3 zones or more when traveling to Melbourne zone 1 in peak time using MYKI money, will not get any financial benefits of using a MYKI over a paper ticket.
You could have be unluckly and have Bacchus Marsh in future zone 3 and pay for a daily myki cap of $19.20 and receive no financial benefits of using a MYKI over the current paper V/Line ticket and some people say people are financial worst of because they have buy a myki which cost $6.00.
An example of this in peak time:
Melbourne to Pakenham :58km from the city(Zone 1 to 2) myki daily cap fare:$11.84
Melbourne to Nar Nar Goon :65km from the city (zone 1 to 3) myki daily cap fare:$19.20
Just travlling 7km more and then users pays nearly double under myki.
Note if V/Line users travelling in 3 zones or more when traveling to Melbourne zone 1 in peak time receive the same benefits under MYKI money as they do in Melbourne and then the fare from :
Melbourne to Nar Nar Goon :65km from the city (zone 1 to 3) would only cost for a daily cap: $12.80 and not $19.20
Fact Bacchus Marsh was first design to place in zone 3 under myki.
all fares infomation come from Victoria Gazette - Gazette: S450