I heard of a case last week where a retailer in Glenferrie Road Malvern wanted to stock Metcards for sale as an agent but was refused by those who manage Metcard retail outlets. In my opinion, it was arguable that there were an adequate number of outlets in the area already. However, his business is so close to a major tram intersection, I think that his location should have overridden any other decision. He does stock Metcards bought at retail price and sold for the same.
Since our 711 closed, our nearest out of office hours outlet is about 1km away. A couple of times we started our journey on foot towards the city, intending to buy a Metcard along the way and then catch a tram but ended up walking all the way into the city.
A convenience store has now opened across the road in the Albert Park Manor, a boutique hotel. It is very useful to us, but it does not stock Metcards, well officially. So after hours there is still nowhere to buy a Metcard. He wants to stock them but again, the authorities say NO.
I told him I will contact the authority and suggest that he would be a very useful Metcard outlet. I will do so.
Melbourne's ticket system has been described as very user un-friendly. Why are they choosing to make it even more so? I believe some countries have tram and bus tickets available at every little shop you can find.
And yes, we should be better organised with our tickets and buy them in advance, but sometimes it just slips your mind and then there are the times when visitors turn up and we want to go somewhere on a Sunday and we don't have enough Sunday tickets.