Public transport users adopt new ticketing option

Victorian public transport users have adopted a new ticketing option throughout the past two months after Mobile myki was introduced to train, tram and bus passengers.

Almost 100,000 people have used the new system, with nearly 11,000 doing so within the first 24 hours after it’s launch on March 28.

“We’ve seen an incredible response to Mobile myki in just over two months and we’re getting on with the development and technical testing needed to make this technology available for people with other smartphones,” Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said.

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Plans have been made to accelerate Mobile myki with the Victorian Budget 2019/20 providing $1 million to extend the system to other smartphone platforms, including Apple.

“Our work doesn’t stop here- we look forward to continuing to make travelling on Victoria’s public transport network easier and more passenger-friendly,” Minister Horne said.

Victorian Government data shows that the new technology is mostly being adopted on Melbourne’s train network, 57.8 per cent of passengers travelling by train, followed by trams, metropolitan buses, regional trains and regional buses.

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Currently the Android operating system is the only platform that supports the technology which interacts with existing myki gates and readers.

AC News has contacted the Victorian Government regarding if Myki will be extended to Ararat.