Tag Archives: trains

Even The Shortest Queue Can Be Avoided…

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. Continue reading

The Bat Out of Hell Takes Out Three Train Lines

Can you believe the lack of luck? Yesterday morning the train signalling system died just down from the junction of three of Melbourne busiest train lines. Actually this is a reasonably common occurrence; a small inconvenience that takes a few hours to fix and it’s fine by the following peak. Continue reading

Myki Tips – Reducing the Touch Off Queues

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Last time I offered some tips for users of the Myki Pass. This time I’ll explore the Myki concept of the Default Fare and how you can take advantage of it to reduce the Touch Off queues and help get everyone, including yourself, off the tram or bus, or out of the train station, more quickly. Continue reading

Myki Tips – Make the Most of Your Pass

Myki

Myki is Melbourne’s new public transport ticketing system. It is a smart card system similar in intended function to London’s Oyster Card and Hong Kong’s Octopus. It is a smart card system similar in speed to a brick built into the base of your house. No, that’s a little unfair. When the reader actually does read your card it gives you just enough time to read the entire Myki user guide before it’s finished. Continue reading

Revenue Protection or Absurdity?

Melbourne’s public transport system can be a dangerous place. And I’m not talking about being beaten up for making eye contact with the wrong thug. I’m talking about your choice of ticket and the possible ramifications of making extra donations to the state government coffers. The thugs in Melbourne aren’t really that bad. Continue reading

A Postscript to Myki

Dear Myki,

On the very day I wrote to you expressing my frustration and disappointment with your performance, the state government announced it decided not to get rid of you after all. This means it’s just you and me kiddo and a million or so other passengers, so we have to learn to live with each other. Continue reading

A Letter to Myki

Dear Myki,

I tried to like you. I wanted our relationship to work so I give you more chances than you deserved but you’ve disappointed me. At first things worked very well between us, even when you ignored me I was willing to look past that. I was patient but you let me down, Myki. I don’t have the trust in you I expected at this stage of our relationship. It’s been over a year! Continue reading