Apparently our Myki public transport card pay system is the envy of Sydney with its newer Opal Card system. I am not sure Melburnians would agree, but we have few problems with Myki personally.
Hong Kong's Octopus Card has been around for nearly two decades. The more recent London Oyster card was based on the Octopus Card. Why has it been so difficult for Australia, especially Melbourne and Sydney to come up with a system that works well and easily for everyone, and not disadvantage some? It seems Australia has to constantly re-invent the wheel before we ever do anything.
London is now proceeding with contactless technology, already in use on some buses. You can simply hold your credit card or phone to a reader and the fares will be cheaper than using an Oyster Card.
Meanwhile in Australia, the world is about to implode because banks are dropping the signing of credit card slips, forcing people to use a PIN. It must be a very long time since I have signed a credit card slip, and then it was because the EFTPOS was not working.
This piece first published in the Sydney Morning Herald makes a scathing attack on the New South Wales public transport service. I have linked to the Illawarra Mercury, hoping it is not a pay online newspaper.