Myki tickets, electronic stored value public transport tickets, will pretty well be the only ticket for our metropolitan public transport by the end of next year. Who knows why it will take that long. The sooner the better in my opinion. It is proposed that tickets won't be available to buy at all on trams. This is quite a concern to me, but should it be?
I cast my mind to when we have travelled when on holidays in the last decade and what we did when using public transport in strange cities or country. We have used trains, trams, ferries and buses. What we did was find out first about tickets well before we wanted to travel. In fact I mostly did it before we left home. Just as well as I did for England. The train trip from London to the north east cost us £14 each. Had we booked once we were there, it would have been around £90 each.
It really wasn't hard to find out in advance and often a decent saving could be made with a little knowledge of the system that operates wherever you are going.
The only exceptions were using the local bus when we were in our friend's town in northern Japan and when using local buses in Newcastle in England. In both cases we had local people with us to advise and so did not bother finding out in advance.
So really, I think it is not so hard to be prepared for travel by buying a ticket before you get on a tram. Myki tickets will be available at railway stations and I assume on buses and there are decent savings to be made by using a Myki rather than the old Metcard.
I also assume off vehicle methods for buying a Myki ticket will be wide spread, such as the outlets where you can buy a Metcard and vending machines.
But don't we always have to cater for the lowest common denominator.