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Protip: the Myki gate doesn’t have to close behind the previous person before you can touch your card

Update - see below At busy times, queues can form at station fare gates, especially when large numbers of people arrive from multiple trains at once. Investment in more gates and faster (Vix) readers has helped - 950 new readers are being installed in 141 stations. But it's noticeable than some people wait for the person in front of them to go through and for the gate to close before tou

Photos from ten years ago, transport

Myki ten years on, and photos from the test centre

This is part two of my ten year old photos from September 2009. At the time, Myki had been launched in regional cities, and was about to start in Melbourne. Ahead of the wider rollout, I got to look around the Myki test centre, which was fascinating. Around the place were lots of test cards and computers and other hardware https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48836573347/in/phot

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Some thoughts on the Myki data leak

This, the other week, was interesting: In a concerning revelation, researchers have found that myki, in conjunction with social media, can be used to uncover a wealth of information about card users. ABC: 'Shocking' myki privacy breach for millions of users in data release Here's the report and media release from the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner: Information Commissi

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The Myki mobile trial is progressing

Last year the government announced that Myki would be coming to mobile phones. Early testing happened late last year, and last week PTV opened up the trial to up to 4000 participants. The technology allows you to load a "virtual" Myki card onto your Android phone within Google Pay, and use it for travelling on public transport. Apparently there are people out there for whom the holy grail o

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Fares for short trips now double the cost of Sydney

As expected, public transport fares in Victoria go up from 1st January. This time it's a CPI rise of 2.2% - thankfully not as high as the last four which were CPI+2.5% (budgeted by the Coalition in 2014, delivered by Labor). This takes the standard zone 1 or 1+2 daily fare to $8.80, and the 2-hour fare to $4.40. It's worth noting that for short trips in zone 1, this is now precisely double t

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What we know about the Myki mobile phone trial

The State Government has announced a trial of a mobile phone app for Myki. The Age: Farewell myki cards? Trial for app to let you touch on with your phone PTV: Mobile myki trial State Government: Mobile Myki Trial To Begin Here's what we know about the trial. Will it mean the end of Myki cards? No. Despite the fascination of headline writers with Myki being replaced, a pho

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Crosstown traffic / Bacchus Marsh stopover

All of us have data being captured about us all the time. For many of us that includes Myki travel data (though even that is tiny compared to the myriad of information captured by our smartphones). Mostly for me it's the drudgery of everyday work commuting, but every so often there's something of interest. Crosstown traffic 26/01/2018 13:49:14 Touch off Train 1/2 Bentleigh Station -

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Reports of Myki’s death have been greatly exaggerated

There's something of a disconnect between the headlines today and the reality. Say goodbye to your Myki card — the death of the trouble-plagued $1.5bn ticketing system has begun. Here's how you will soon pay for public transport https://t.co/lY7DEPxdMt #exclusive #springst pic.twitter.com/hVAtgHE2l6— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) January 27, 2018 "THE death of the trouble-plagued $

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Melbourne’s fares rise above CPI again

As expected, fare rises have been announced to take place on January 1st. It's a rise of 4.7% -- which is CPI+2.5%. (At least, 4.7% is the claim. Some fares, such as a Zone 1 two-hour fare, are rising by more: $4.10 to $4.30 is almost 4.9%, thanks to the price being rounded to the nearest 10 cents... which makes no sense, because you can't directly buy these fares with cash.) Just as this

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Is it time to buy a Yearly Myki fare?

Generally every January, public transport fares in Victoria go up. This year it's expected to be a 4.3% rise -- this is CPI of 1.8% 2.8% (for the year to September), plus a 2.5% 1.5% rise that was first announced by the Coalition in December 2013, to be implemented in January 2015-2018, and dutifully followed by Labor each year. (Did the Coalition plan that rise to cover the Free Tram Zone a