JOHN Brumby has defended ticket changes to public transport that will see commuters paying more for late trains, trams and buses.
Let’s just be absolutely clear about this: IT DOES NOT APPLY TO TRAINS.
Let’s say you have a ticket that runs out at 2pm. You get to the station at 1:50pm, hoping to catch the 1:55pm train. You validate and go onto the platform. Whether the train is on time, late or cancelled, it doesn’t matter how long you wait nor how long it takes to complete your trip, because you validated before the 2pm expiry. It’s the same under Metcard and Myki.
It’s different on trams and buses, because you validate/touch-on as you board. Under Metcard, if the tram/bus is late or cancelled and you end up travelling after the ticket expiry time, you’re still allowed to travel. For instance the bus driver can look at your ticket expiry time and wave you aboard — though whether most people realise this is another matter. (See other obscure ticketing rules.)
But with Myki you’re meant to touch-on your ticket as you board, so it’ll automatically realise your 2-hour fare has expired and deduct another one.
Of course, if you were paying for the whole day (or a longer period) anyway, it doesn’t matter.
Perhaps the people most impacted are those low-income passengers who are watching their pennies and are trying to complete, say, a run to the shops or library or dare I say it, Centrelink, within the 2-hour period, and really don’t want to have to pay another fare if their bus/tram back home is late.
Oh, besides that issue, people seem to be getting terribly confused about weekend travel on weekly/monthly/yearly tickets too. Some seem to think they won’t be valid at all on the weekend, and are demanding the price drop by 2/7. No. What’s disappearing is the bonus zone benefit (whereby weekly and longer Metcards are currently valid on both Melbourne zones on Saturdays and Sundays), not the weekend travel itself.
Perhaps it all goes to show that while a lot of the detail has been published (eg in the Myki Fares and Ticketing Manual), the information that’s out there in digestible form just isn’t very good.
People are crying out for information, and despite the Myki Mates being out and about, they’re not finding it, and assuming the worst.