I received an Email from Myki the other day reminding us that we can use the Auto-top-up feature so we’re never caught short with an empty Myki card and therefore help reduce the queues at the myki top-up machines.
Personally I prefer to top up on the weekend when it suits me, I have more time and I actually won’t have to wait in a queue at all and I know Myki won’t sneak money from my bank account when I’m not ready for it.
Those queues aren’t the one’s that bother me, even if they bother disorganised people who can’t plan ahead. I’m still fuming over the fact that people still insist on touching off when they’ve travelled all the way from the city to Zone 2. Of course they do it because they’ve been trained well by the Myki ad campaigns: The three T’s. Top up, Touch On and Touch Off. The same ad campaigns have scared people away from not touching off because of the dreaded Default Fare . Cue dramatic 3-chord musical sting.
I detailed the reasons for the Default fare in this post along with what type of trips’ fares match the Default Fare. And therefore, by extension, how you can prevent the bottle necks at Zone 2 station exits when everyone’s dying to get home.
Summary: Evening peak, travelling from Zone 1 to Zone 2: Your fare equals the Default Fare so don’t hold everyone up by touching off. Walk straight through.