I haven’t had time to step off the train myself, but thanks to the miracle of slow-motion, here’s the queue for the only Myki reader on the main platform at Mckinnon last night.
It appears there are six people queuing up, plus another using the reader. I see about that many queuing every PM-peak these days, and no doubt it’ll climb in coming weeks as people’s weekly and monthly Metcards expire and they have to switch to Myki.
And who knows what happens when that reader is out of service.
Last I heard more readers wouldn’t be installed at this location until midyear. Ridiculous. It’s not even as if there’s a lack of space, as this photo clearly shows.
Seriously, if they have any interest in making the transition to Myki less painful and annoying to passengers at Mckinnon, the Transport Ticketing Authority needs to fix this now.
In the background you get to see the Long Island (Hastings) freight train come through. Yes, every weekday evening, right in the middle of rush hour, it passes through all the level crossings of the Frankston line, helping to add to traffic congestion, particularly at Glenhuntly, where it slows to a crawl to go over the tram crossing.
We’ll know the government are serious about finding cheap easy solutions to traffic congestion when this train is re-scheduled.