As of the 29th of December you will have no option other than to buy a stored value Myki card to travel on Melbourne's public transport. They Myki ticket system seems to work well enough. I am amazed at the stalwarts who hung out using Metcards, when Myki fares were a good bit cheaper.
If I travel interstate or overseas, I check out the public transport system in advance online, including the ticket system. If I don't do it in advance, I fall on the mercy of a local and no doubt pay through the nose. I don't have a lot of sympathy for foreign travellers in Australia who have to deal with our ticket system. I have had to do it in many of our states and overseas countries. That is just what you do when you travel. Their country, their ways. Our country, our ways.
But there is another category of public transport user, the very casual local Melbourne public transport traveller, like the visitors from the country or from Box Hill South. Our Brother Friends fall into this category. In the last twenty years they may have used public transport ten times, always to do something with us. We take on the responsibility of sorting out that they have change or tickets in advance.
We won't do this again. What I will do is tell them to get off their arses and go and buy a Myki card in advance, with some credit. It is not too hard and the $6 for the card will not send them broke, no matter how they will moan about it.
There are so many important issues with our public transport that need to be dealt with. The PTUA fighting for a single journey ticket, dispensed by a new machine no doubt, is a lost cause and they would do better to devote their efforts to other issues. The PTUA is about four years too late to fight for the cause. Lol, I almost forgot that the PTUA is a political organisation. Someone from the PTUA has been on the phone and the new president, Tony Morton, is suddenly being called Dr Morton in the media. Yeah, that gives him a bit more credibility. PS, shallow, I know, but he was cute when he was younger.
Interestingly in Adelaide and Sydney, and Brisbane and Perth, they have or are introducing much simpler smart card public transport systems that cost tax payers much less.
It would seem Melbourne is a bit special with its new expensive smart card system, but that is what we have. We have to live with it and the time for fighting against it has passed. I think even the person in Victoria's Larrikens End already has Myki.