The woes of Melbourne’s new Myki ticketing system have been in the newspaper for months – the latest round has been congestion at the City Loop railway stations, and the lack of feedback to users when touching on or off at stations.
You can experience it for yourself quite easily – present your Myki to a ‘Frankenbarrier’ * and you score the useless ‘CSC Pass’ message, leaving you confused as to whether your Myki has been touched off or not.
With all that useful information given by the ticket barrier, you probably want to check your Myki balance. Next stop, a ticket machine.
Hmm, 10 history items all titled ‘Travel’ – really useful guys!
I’m sure if these dimwits ran a supermarket your receipt would say ‘Food’ 15 times.
One hopes the Baillieu Government’s $1 million plans for a “
- ‘Frankenbarriers’ are Metcard ticket barriers retrofitted with Myki scanners.
- ‘CSC’ stands for ‘Contactless Smart Card’, before the Myki readers were installed, the space on the ticket barriers was taken up by the yellow reader for the older ‘Metcard Xpress‘ smartcards. That system never got very far, the cards only being issued to two groups of people: customer service staff so that they could open barriers for passengers with defective tickets, and to the wider public transport workforce who were entitled to free travel.