Katy Gallagher released a statement last night about the progress of MyWay.
She says MyWay went live on 11 April last year with minimal difficulties; Canberrans finding it easy to adjust to the new ticketing technology.
“MyWay makes it easier and cheaper for the vast majority of bus travellers to enjoy bus travel”, the Chief Minister said. “Passengers now have access to a wider range of payment options including autoload (direct debit), BPAY, online, cash, credit card and EFTPOS. Payment via autoload or BPAY attracts a 5% discount on bus fares.”
MyWay is also being used to collect data to help build future networks, she says.
Katy also mentions that the MyWay system averages over 300,000 bus trips per week. Considering that 98% of passengers are using MyWay [ED – and a commuter would make 10 trips a week], I personally find these figures pretty disappointing. Let’s hope that the government starts to look at increasing the number of Canberrans using public transport, rather than just introducing new technology for the few who do use it.