Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I think Donald and Revenue are talking about the booking office at Ballarat, not Donald...
Ballast_Plough
I was, thank-you.   I used to able to purchase a paper ticket in Donald or a ticket at the Ballarat station.   I checked the myki website and Ballarat station is not a site to purchase a myki card, hence the need to find an 'authorised' myki seller in Ballarat, adding further time to Saturday's trip.

Sponsored advertisement

  Revenue Chief Commissioner

I was, thank-you.   I used to able to purchase a paper ticket in Donald or a ticket at the Ballarat station.   I checked the myki website and Ballarat station is not a site to purchase a myki card, hence the need to find an 'authorised' myki seller in Ballarat, adding further time to Saturday's trip.
"Donald"


Correct - I was talking about Ballarat railway station. I'm going out on a limb here - and say that you can purchase a myki at Ballarat station now that the system has gone live!   Smile

If you look at the press coverage in Ballarat this week, it has all been very positive. Passengers have been telling the press that they're looking forward to not having to line up to purchase a ticket - so that's encouraging.

The take up of myki in regional Victoria has been pretty amazing given that it has been in for such a short time - and that passengers still have the option of using all the existing products. Take up has been much faster than for metropolitan users.

And of course Geelong goes live on Monday - so that's pretty exciting.  I really hope that there can be some promotion to metropolitan users to encourage them to use their myki to head out to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, etc..
  dean65 Locomotive Driver

Location: Ballarat
I reckon you'll find the device doesn't need 3G connectivity to operate.  None of the others do, they just send through all their stuff at the end of the day.  For all we know the handhelds only upload their transaction details when they get back to the station, via wifi.
Mitty
No the readers check in real time to see if the card has neen scanned on.
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
No the readers check in real time to see if the card has neen scanned on.
dean65
This data is carried on the card, so there's no need to query the back-end system. In fact, no Myki device operates with a real-time back-end connection since the card carries the most current balance, touch-on state, fare product, fare type, and even a limited travel and top-up history - basically everything you see when you use a blue Myki Check reader, which have no network connection at all.

The Myki devices at railway stations are network connected but only to report transactions after they're complete, whereas the bus and tram systems report only when they're back at the depot. I expect the conductor's unit will use the same principle.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The take up of myki in regional Victoria has been pretty amazing given that it has been in for such a short time - and that passengers still have the option of using all the existing products. Take up has been much faster than for metropolitan users.

And of course Geelong goes live on Monday - so that's pretty exciting.  I really hope that there can be some promotion to metropolitan users to encourage them to use their myki to head out to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, etc..
Revenue
Certainly has at Ballan where upwards of 20 pax were lining up last night to 'tag off' at the only reader at that side of the platform.

A damn nuisance IMO, and I'll be putting off using this silly and SLOW ticketing system for as long as possible.

Geelong will be a farcical situation with many frustrated commuters lining up unless there are adequate readers.

Can I still buy a date-to-date ticket, and avoid MYKI for as long as possible Question

Mike.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Certainly has at Ballan where upwards of 20 pax were lining up last night to 'tag off' at the only reader at that side of the platform.

A damn nuisance IMO, and I'll be putting off using this silly and SLOW ticketing system for as long as possible.

Geelong will be a farcical situation with many frustrated commuters lining up unless there are adequate readers.

Can I still buy a date-to-date ticket, and avoid MYKI for as long as possible Question

Mike.
The Vinelander

Revenue will have none of that, it's simply the best surveillance system since sliced bread.

Then again if I was getting whatever he's getting paid to spruik it, I'd probably be extolling its virtues too.  I wonder what that actually is, six figures?