I’ve already posted about the mess that may ensue if once Myki is fully rolled-out, there is no option of a single-use ticket.
Today it’s been
confirmed flagged as probable that some 50 million of the unused Short Term Tickets will be pulped, and also that almost 500 vending machines originally intended for trams are likely to be re-deployed onto tram and bus stops and interchanges.
There’s still no answer on whether reusable Myki cards will be made refundable for tourists, subject to another free offer period for locals, or whether top-up will be made available on buses.
But in the mean time, you may be interested to know that this Short Term Ticket bought in Bendigo in September 2009 (with a 2-hour fare) still works — the Myki reader on a tram at lunchtime today recognised it and responded correctly, saying it had expired.
PS. Special bonus for Myki-nerds: an error I haven’t seen before, which we managed to produce by placing a Queensland Go card and a Myki on the vending machine reader together.
(I wonder if they realised the colour scheme resembles the default colours from a Commodore 64?)