Talkback caller: I only go to the city from Templestowe two or three times a year. I don't want a Myki card as it will expire in between trips.
Perhaps she meant the money will expire. It won't. The card will after four years and she will get an email informing her that it is about to expire. I expect within that four years, in fact much sooner than that, an easy replacement system will be developed.
She sounded like she was an edjicated person but obviously not in the way of Myki. Yes, there are issues with Myki, but not as many as are put about.
Another caller mentioned all the cruise ships that are arriving at Port Melbourne, and how are they supposed to know about Myki? Firstly, I think they would be told in advance by ship staff about what to do. Secondly, I am sure the shop at Port Melbourne's Station Pier sells Myki cards. Thirdly, I have heard many of them get whisked off on a bus to NOT see Melbourne, but perhaps the Dandenongs, much to the chagrin of the Red Shirt volunteer guides who are there and waiting to help them see Melbourne.
I have observed on trams quite a few clunky sounds when people attempt to use their Myki cards. It is the typical kind of sound you hear when something on your computer doesn't work. It is a clearly negative sound. I've not always been watching, but from what I saw on tv tonight, people move their cards around. My and R's Myki cards work while tucked away in our wallets. Most people present their cards raw.
For goodness sake, put you card to where you are supposed to put and hold it there. Don't jiggle it up and down. The speed at which your card is read is a serious issue, but moving it around over the reading point just will not help.