I don't know about you, but Myki is the best thing ever. Every one is going on about how useless it is, how much money the government spent on in, how inconvenient it is etc etc...But all that negativity ain't gonna get me down on that one, baby!
See, you guys need to look at the bright side of things. I have no idea how Metro charges with Myki cards, but I seem to be getting a lot of free and cheap rides lately. Sometimes, when the bus or tram doesn't have a working Myki scanner thingamajibby, I get to ride for free. I got away with $20 in 3 weeks. (I admit Matt has been most wonderful to me most of the time and ends up driving me around)
Even though the scanner may show a slight apathy to Myki cards (and be ever so quiet when it realises the card is all up in its grill), and hence cause extreme frustration for both the user and the SUPER BUSY people behind the user, I think people should be open minded about the new kid on the block.
I think all he needs, are more sensitive parts and a louder voice. He's gotta learn to be aggressive. He needs to learn from Mr. Ez-link.
It's definitely no Singaporean transport system (arrogance much? hah!) and its got a long way to go, but what can I say, I've got a certain biasness to smart card systems in public transport. When done seamlessly, its pretty hot.
Also, I am aware that free bus/tram rides would not be around eventually, but considering the time they took to introduce the system, I think I'd get to free load for a substantial amount of time coming.
(Myki is a Ez-link type system that has just been recently introduced to Melbourne's public transport system. Its been giving a lot of slag because its been too slow to be implemented. The government apparently also spent a lot of taxpayer's money on it instead on spending it on cooler stuff because Melbourne's transport system was too horrible to start with.)