There seems to be five different announcements that I have heard on trams recently, coming from the control centre. One is quite a dire threat about fare evasion. Another is about standing in the doorways and blocking people getting on and off the tram. Two are about not having to touch off with your Myki card on trams if your trip is not solely in Zone 2. What is the fifth? I forget now, but I am sure there is a fifth.
I've heard these announcements a few times now, yet after I have heard the blocking the doorway announcement, people on the tram still crowd the doorway. It is one of my pet hates. R often gives people a bit of a shove if they are standing in the doorway as he is getting off a tram. I am more inclined to stand behind them, pretending to think they are getting off, which usually elicits a 'sorry mate'.
Worse, they still feel the need to touch off with their Myki card. During a recent tram trip, the voice from above said loudly and clearly that you do not need to touch off with your Myki on a tram, yet one lass left the tram then came back and stood in the tram doorway while trying to touch off. The traffic lights changed to red while she did so and the tram sat there for another minute or so.
Meanwhile, I thought the Myki readers had been significantly quicker of late, but this week past, and maybe it is a problem with individual units, they have been painfully slow for me. I recall watching people use their smart public transport cards in Singapore and they were lightning fast. People did not even break their strides as they held the card up to a reader.
For the price our government, that is us, have put into the Myki system, it should work very fast.
But please, you don't need to touch off on a tram and even if you are still going to, don't leave it until the last minute.