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ACTION’s MyWay card on it’s way

By Holditz - 10 September 2010 25

Swipe machine

I sighted the above this afternoon- the first ACTION MyWay card swipe machine.

I’m looking forward to MyWay, I’ve used similar systems in Perth and Melbourne, and overseas in London and Tokyo. It’s definitely so convenient- no fossicking around in pockets for the right change, nor dealing with cards that are wearing out or jam in the machine. Just swipe and you’re on.

But I wonder how popular it’s going to be. I travel ACTION all the time (no alternative, I haven’t a licence). During the weekdays most people use or purchase period tickets (weekly or monthly) or the twenty ride tickets.

During the weekend though it’s mainly cash, from teenagers or senior citizens. I actually get irritated with the senior citizens, many who are regulars on my local route, who keep purchasing two hour tickets, when they would be better off with twenty ride tickets. If they don’t purchase multi-ride tickets what is going to convince them to get a card, let alone learning how to add funds to the card? Teenagers may use the card for school, but do they have the discipline to keep their cards in the black?

Plus it’s never going to get rid of tickets altogether, nor attract people on to the buses. There are people who will only need to take the bus occasionally, and the systemic problems of the ACTION bus system won’t be solved by the card. I expect there will be a hugh PR push to encourage people to take up the card trumpeting how it will make bus riding easier.

Nevertheless I do welcome the introduction of MyWay- it’ll make my commuting easier. Now if they would only outlaw panhandling at bus interchanges that would be the next step.

What’s Your opinion?


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25 Responses to
ACTION’s MyWay card on it’s way
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Woody Mann-Caruso 9:35 am
10 Sep 10
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I actually get irritated with the senior citizens

Worry less about small sh*t and you might live to be one.

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excession 9:47 am
10 Sep 10
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Swipe -what-? There hasn’t been any word on what token is being used, or how it’s purchased/recharged, and your (blurry) picture is the only information I’ve seen on the soon to be introduced ticketing system.

BTW, there are no ‘twenty ride’ tickets, it’s ten ride, weekly, or monthly (or school term tickets), so you’re a little bit out of the loop with your accusations of incompetence.

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Fiona 10:01 am
10 Sep 10
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Question – is my ten trip ticket still valid once this is in ? I’m only a few trips in and don’t use the bus regularly.

Ta for anyone with info :)

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4
S4anta 11:01 am
10 Sep 10
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google. Myki.

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5
Thumper 11:30 am
10 Sep 10
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Or google Oyster Card London

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Jungle Jim 11:32 am
10 Sep 10
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If it’s anything like the Oyster system in London, then I reckon it’s a great idea. Although, Oyster is obviously perfectly suited to mass transit systems, rather than the occasional bus trip…

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James-T-Kirk 11:40 am
10 Sep 10
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I would love to know if the tickets I still have that are printed on the plasticised paper that I purchased in the mid 80’s are still valid!

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eh_steve 12:16 pm
10 Sep 10
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google Myki fail! Although I think they’re mostly ironed out, Myki has had some massive troubles there.

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Ello Vera 7:00 pm
10 Sep 10
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Why can’t we drop this “My” crap? It isn’t “mine” it’s “theirs” and no labelling is gonna fool me into thinking of it as something I own.

Maybe mybugbear.com is worth a go.

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mcs 7:52 pm
10 Sep 10
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There will be no choice eventually in terms of myway- its not going to complement the currenting ticketing system but replace it. Long overdue and as long as it works ok it should be good.

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Ryan 9:52 pm
10 Sep 10
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The following link may answer some questions, with a few bits and pieces from bus drivers: http://actbus.net/forum/index.php?topic=2430

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JC 10:56 pm
10 Sep 10
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excession said :

Swipe -what-? There hasn’t been any word on what token is being used, or how it’s purchased/recharged, and your (blurry) picture is the only information I’ve seen on the soon to be introduced ticketing system.

BTW, there are no ‘twenty ride’ tickets, it’s ten ride, weekly, or monthly (or school term tickets), so you’re a little bit out of the loop with your accusations of incompetence.

You clearly haven’t bothed looking on the ACTION website have you? If you did you would see some info about it.

http://www.action.act.gov.au/myway.html

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eq2 11:33 pm
10 Sep 10
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TP 3000 11:53 pm
10 Sep 10
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Regular updates on the My Way system changeover will be posted on the ACTION website at http://www.action.act.gov.au/myway.html

Once the changeover is complete, all tickets that ACTION passengers still have can be exchanged for credit on their My Way card. So if someone has 2 rides on a Faresaver 10 that they bought in 1999, then they’ll get a $5 credit.

If you go to tag on the bus & you have insufficient funds, the machine will light up with red lights & beep & a message will display on the drivers console & he/she will then ask the passenger to cough up some extra cash. The machine will display how much credit you have left when you tag on/off. But direct debit should be available, so whenever your cards funds get low the money will automatically be deducted.

The ACTION My Way system is being implemented by the same company who installed the system in Perth & they had minimal issues. It is also the same company that owned the current ACTION ticket system.

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Eirlys 1:27 am
11 Sep 10
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interestingly I have had a bus every day this week with the myway installed on them, and the 2s from Deakin to Civic didn’t have working normal machines, which was interesting. But I think there are 2 main questions how does it work with spontaneous travel (rather then travelling to work every day) and short trips and 2 how much warning will they give us constant travellers before it starts to ensure we don’t waste money on monthlies, 10 trips or weeklies. Given their history of bad communication I don’t hold out much hope.

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