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- Rod Harvey on What happened to the humble TV? Oh, so true!And what do I often resort to? Turning off the telly and switching on the radio so I don't have to be distracted ... more
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- Vince on In defence of MYKI Hi Rick, (Ditch), if it's MYKI, how come you are using it, Ruby and I would like it back. Anyway, Ditch, it's a seniors ... more
- June Arnott on In defence of MYKI Myki is fine until you come up against the cumbersome rules & regs that go with it.My auto top up failed because my old ... more
- allan on In defence of MYKI There's supposed to be an on-line compensation form for MYKI march entitlement, and I can't find it? all I can find is a ... more
- Les on In defence of MYKI Ric,I understand the Metcard system, it is easy to use and it has been reliable. Why change something simply because the ... more
- Helen on In defence of MYKI Dear Ric, I find that you've got interesting comments all round. There are pros and cons with everthing that you do. There ... more
- Terry Norton on In defence of MYKI I see 3 major problems with MYKI.The first is, why should you have to pay good money to buy a card, simply to then be ... more
- cheryl Garofalo on In defence of MYKI I don't use public transport all that much but I find myki easy to use. I used to use the smart system in Perth, so found ... more
- Elaine on In defence of MYKI Hi Ric, Your comment on MYKI is an interesting one. What we don't get told is that in the case of my son he doesn't have a ... more
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In defence of MYKI
As you know… I catch the train every day and as you will also know a couple of years ago we were introduced to the new ticketing system.
I think I must have been one of the first to jump on board! One: because I like new stuff and two: because us taxpayers have shelled out one point four billion dollars to get the thing going so I figured it must be sensational!
Let’s not dwell on the dosh cos it’s too late now it’s like the time when I was a kid and lost a ten pound note on the way to the shops, it’s gone… we can’t get it back!!
So, we might as well embrace and get used to the new system. All the time I see people still using the old Met Card and complaining about poor old MYKI.
Well let me tell you this: I have been using MYKI every day for the last TWO years. I have never, ever had a single issue with MYKI.
MYKI has many, many great features!
One of them is that you can register your MYKI via the internet and you can keep track of every trip, every payment, every deduction and every transaction you ever make on your MYKI. So if ever you have an issue with your card, they can track it back electronically.
Another great feature of MYKI is that it is simple to use. A lot of people mistake it for a “swipe” card but you don’t swipe it, you “touch” it on and off. It’s easy to load - once you get the hang of it and the machines take notes coins and cards.
And if you have a Senior MYKI the benefits are fantastic! A zone one and two all day trip will cost you less than a cup of coffee!
Unfortunately poor old MYKI has become a political football but I reckon it’s time we put all the bad news behind us and just get on with it.
Get yourself a MYKI, put some cash on it and you won’t get caught out fumbling to buy a ticket as the train comes into the station.
Let me know how you are getting on.
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Hi Rick, (Ditch), if it's MYKI, how come you are using it, Ruby and I would like it back. Anyway, Ditch, it's a seniors MYKI (Joke). Vince.
How;s Taco...Vince Monday 11 June, 2012 - 9:49 PM
Myki is fine until you come up against the cumbersome rules & regs that go with it.My auto top up failed because my old credit card had expired.Most companies would just email asking for new card expiry date.Not as simple for Myki.Card was suspended even though there was still a balance of$8. to be sent back to the city for Unblocking.No it can't be done anywhere else.WTF.Reluctantly have posted card back which means paying for travel while it is away.Tried to get on to my MYKI acc.which states that I should settle the $40 DEBT I owe them.That 40 has already been charged to my credit card.Actually they owe me $40 in prepaid fares.When my card arrives back I will again try to cancel auto top-up to prevent this happening again.As a senior I travel free on the weekend but I must touch on & off.Hard to do without a ticket or should I buy a daily just to placate the ticket nazis.June Arnott Thursday 3 May, 2012 - 2:01 PM
There's supposed to be an on-line compensation form for MYKI march entitlement, and I can't find it? all I can find is a PDF. The search box doesn't help when you put in " compensation"allan Tuesday 17 April, 2012 - 10:41 PM
I understand the Metcard system, it is easy to use and it has been reliable. Why change something simply because the alternative is new? NO. The reason behind Myki could be because the authorties have many more capabilities open to them, including having data on the travel movements of individuals. Do you think that this big brother capability is a good thing?
LesLes Thursday 12 April, 2012 - 10:32 PM
Dear Ric, I find that you've got interesting comments all round. There are pros and cons with everthing that you do. There are also the people that don't like changes; and there are the people that have to accept change because it's their job. I am a bus driver in the South Eastern Suburbs and you will get use to MYKI, just like we'll one day we will accept a female prime minister. Talk to the MYKI people they know it all.Helen Thursday 12 April, 2012 - 3:06 PM
I see 3 major problems with MYKI.
The first is, why should you have to pay good money to buy a card, simply to then be allowed to pay your fare?
The second is, pity the poor tourist who arrives in Melbourne to find they are denied the ability to use our Public Transport because there is no such thing as a short term paper ticket. Is that really progress?
Finally, many charities used to purchase Metcards to give to deserving recipients. How will they now be able to supply this need?Terry Norton Monday 9 April, 2012 - 1:57 PM