The bus had these odd looking electrical junction boxes fitted near the doors. They were of the type where an electrical wire is blanked off. It took a minute to work out that they must to be with out new public transport ticketing system, MyKi or whatever it is.
I tried a week or so ago to have a look at the new ticket system at Southern Cross Station, but there was some filming happening in the information centre, so I was not welcome.
I don't have much confidence in the new system, however, I will hold my judgement until it is in action. It very well may mean that R saves a lot of money if he only has to pay for the two sections he travels from Prahran to home or City to home and does not have to pay for a two hour ticket for a single ten minute journey. He usually walks one way and catches public transport home.
While you can ride around for three hours on a two hour ticket if you time it correctly, it is outrageous that he has to pay over three dollars for a ten minute trip. Worse if he times it badly and two ten minute trips cost him over six dollars. I actively encourage him to evade in these situations but he is too honest and instead just fumes at the public transport ticket system.