The figure for usage of Mikey cards for suburban public transport is very low, we are told. Who am I to argue with statistics? Perhaps a break down should be published.
Today I caught a 216 bus, tram 78, 16, 16, 64, bus 219, tram 72 and all I saw using Metcards were a family of tourists, one older man and a pair of, at a guess by their accents and location, English backpackers. All the rest used Myki cards. Is the area I was travelling in? Is it that train travellers aren't using Myki and brings the statistics down?
All very puzzling to me. Surely there wouldn't be a vested interest in having a falsely low usage figure would there?
As an aside, all machines worked fine, except for one slow reader on a bus. Boarding and alighting points in red. Should I become a graphic artist? My sketch is clear to me, but if you like, St Kilda Road, Commercial Road pause, get haircut, Chapel Street pause, get fresh coffee, Carlisle Street/Esplanade pause, take important photo, Fitzroy Street, change tram at Junction, Queensway/Dandenong Road pause, look for new pot plant for balcony, Williams Road, Malvern Road pause, get a couple of bits at the shops, Commercial Road, St Kilda Road.