I was an early adopter of Myki, if only to see the problems it’s had first hand.
But since I started using it, I’ve still carried a Metcard in my wallet. The last Metcard. A 10×2 hour zone 2, for my occasional forays into zone 2 — used on days I was only going into zone 2, and only for weekdays (since on weekends there are other, cheaper fares). And with a Barbie design on it.
Edit: Inspection of the card shows it was bought and first used in July 2009.
A few weeks ago I had got down to the last of the ten fares on the card. On Monday I used the last — ironically to go to Vicroads to get my new driver’s licence.
And that, assuming that Myki doesn’t get scrapped and the Metcard system is pulled back from the brink of oblivion, was my last Metcard.
I had intended to film the validation on the trip back, made with the same ticket, but was chatting to an Irish bloke who was trying to get from Vicroads in South Oakleigh to Murrumbeena Station. Poor bloke… a two-bus trip with a terrible connection (which he just missed), and costing him two zones.
And alas the video above doesn’t quite show the full validation process clearly. But it is evident that it takes about two seconds (and regulars will know it sometimes takes a bit more while the machine thinks about it before spitting the card out). Contrast this to (typically, when it’s running well nowadays) about a second for a Myki touch — though it can sometimes be much slower.
(Thanks to a poster on Whirlpool for the idea of marking this occasion.)