a The Transit Lounge: Myki Madness

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Friday, July 23

Myki Madness

Myki is Victoria's failed answer to SUICA or PASMO in Japan. In fact, the world 'failed' doesn't aptly describe just how dismally the ticketing service is performing. Read today's Herald Sun Article, State Government seriously considered dumping myki ticketing scheme, for more information.

The bizarre thing is that Japan Rail - who has successfully implemented similar programs across the country, for millions more people that use a far more complex rail, bus and tram system - offered their help, software and systems to the state government years ago for a price far less than what MYKI has cost. The State Government basically said "No, we can do it ourselves." Why would anybody want to reinvent the wheel???

Plain and absolute stupidity.

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