I saw the new barrier readers today at Richmond - Didn't realise they were replacing card stock as well.
The new Fare Payment Devices on the barriers at Richmond were installed about a fortnight ago. Whilst the gates themselves look the same, it was more than just the replacement of the readers. The internal computer gear in the gates were replaced, as was the Gate Attendant Controller (that big silver box with the screen that just shows "Welcome").
The next generation gates (like those at Mitcham and Springvale) have also been installed at the AAMI and MCG exits to Richmond.
The upgrade of the ticketing equipment was never intended to coincide with the new cards. In fact, Richmond was meant to have the new gates and equipment around July.
Correct me if I'm wrong but it's just because it's been 4 years and it's time for a 'freshen up'?
The blue and bright green myki brand has been around for the better part of 7 years now; and quite a few of the bits and pieces that existed seven years ago are no longer part of myki.
When PTV absorbed the Transport Ticketing Authority last year, it was always planned that myki would be rebranded to create a uniform appearance within the PTV brand. The cards themselves have out of date information on them, such as the reference to myki.com.au and the 13 myki hotline; both of which have been incorporated into PTV's website and hotline, respectively.
The blue branding on the CVMs will be replaced next year when the machines are reprogrammed to sell concession and seniors myki cards. Like the cards, the vinyls on the CVMs are also feature out of date information and references.