from ptv website
If only real life and the PTV website worked the same way.
See posts above for confirmation.
If you are trying to board a bus or tram, or are at an unstaffed railway station, and your Myki is broken, how do you got to a staffed station?That has always been one of my arguments for cash short-trip or single-use tickets.
If you forget it for whatever reason you also need to buy another one - I have friends who've ended up with multiple unwanted cards for this reason that either end up being given away or just thrown in the bin.
And then Revenue pops in to suggest that based on the number of cards in circulation some rather high percentage of the population now have one.
I don't know many of the population. Of those I know about fewer than 10% hold a Myki.
Or people who've had contact with it vow to never use it again.Can it be reactivated by touching on?
I have friends from the country who threw theirs in the bin because they thought it was broken on their next visit to Melbourne. I had the sad duty of telling them they had actually been 'locked out' of their accounts because they hadn't used them for four months. They were furious because there was money left on them... they promptly vowed to never use public transport in Melbourne ever again and to drive and pay for parking from now on. Yay! Another set of converts.
Myki distinguished itself on Saturday for many passengers, including me, on 8071; the 0936 Down Echuca.
We were unable to touch on at SCS.
I had previously gone to the ticket window to buy a ticket for this train, not knowing that I could use Myki on it. A very helpful booking bloke advised me not to use my Seniors Card on a normal ticket, because Myki would be cheaper.
Excellent idea, if only it had worked.
The train's conductor was kept busy taking Myki cards and processing them. He was a very efficient and good natured bloke, and seemed quite philosophical that Myki had failed again. . . "It happens all the time."
I believe that you have to put money on it to 're-activate' it.Yes, was a stupid question. But couldn't they add a feature to allow this to happen? That way infrequent travellers with enough money on their cards could travel, go into debt, but have their fare paid when reactivation is complete.
Can you use it all the way to Echuca? I thought that was a 'reservations' service. Did you end up getting charged any amount of money on Myki or was it completely free?
Did anyone see the editorial of today's Herald-Sun, they were going crook about Myki incorrectly charging bus passengers - very relevant considering my observation earlier. Apparently the latest problem is to do with bus drivers not putting the correct zone into the interface and passengers either getting over or under-charged. The Herald-Sun as masters of the bleeding obvious pointed out that they've now had about seven years to get it right and still it doesn't work properly.People getting on a bus with cash, being told they need to buy a Myki card, and cracking the s**ts when they get told the cost of a Myki card occurs a hell of alot more than Myki PR spin doctors would like us to believe.
Also I forgot to mention that I was on the bus yesterday and some tourists got on (brandishing expensive-looking cameras) and tried to hand the driver cash - he just laughed at them and said "no Myki, no travel". They were very unimpressed. More people won over to Melbourne public transport, I'm sure it left an indelible impression on them...
There is NO reason why Myki can't offer short term tickets.
And the interesting thing is, no-one from Myki, or any organisation even remotely connected with Myki or the business, have been able to give the travelling public a valid reason as to why short term Myki tickets were withdrawn from sale.That's because the decision to remove the short-term ticket option was a political decision, not a technical one.
Expecting to hear anything from Kamco or TTA (which is part of PTV now) is a futile exercise anyway because they're do what the DoT tells them to do.
Wouldn't you just like to see a Minister for Transport and a Minister for Tourism who had the balls to stand up to the bureaucrats, and tell them that a day ticket, suitable for tourists, will be introduced within 6 months or heads will roll.
Because they don't want people using public transport - haven't you figured it out yet! In fact the less people who use it, the better because that adds justification for that $9 billion truck sewer.
And here's me thinking that a good public transport ticketing system was about making it as simple, or user friendly, for the travelling public as possible. Obviously with Myki, my way of thinking is wrong.