Posts Tagged ‘Myki’

Tram Woes and Myki

The media loves to jump on a good public transport bashing, even when unfounded. Yesterdays article in The Age, was about Melbourne’s 59 Combino trams having major cracks that needed to be repaired.  So you assume it’s going to be like our train systems, and trains will have to be canceled, people left waiting but…

“The cracks pose no risk to safety,”

“Siemens will fix the trams at no cost to the Government.”

“An increase in maintenance scheduling by Yarra Trams means that no tram services will be cancelled while the trams are being repaired. Two of the 59 trams have already been fixed and a third is under repair.”

So, it won’t affect services, it won’t affect safety and the government doesn’t have to pay for the repairs. Where’s the story?

“Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen said the repairs raised questions about whether the trams should have been bought.”

Sure, but if they are going to fix it for free then who cares? Speaking of Daniel Bowen, he recently tried out the Myki system on one of the buses down in Geelong. Watching the video he took and reading some of his observations, it seems that this system still has a long way to go before it is ready to be deployed. The scanning system seems remarkably slow and at a cost of $1.3 billion, you would have thought they would have developed something better.

links:

The Age: Latest model trams found to be cracking up

DanielBowen.com: I got a Myki, and it only cost $1.3 billion

$1 Billion worth of stupidity

Myki, so-called smartcard, but should really be called stupid-card.

Myki, was supposed to have been introduced in the second half of 2007. Well, we are almost into the mid-year of 2008, and we have just been informed that there is a delay of a mere 3 years and a billion dollars over budget.

Why do we bother? Cheaper to give everyone free rides for the next couple of years, if the government is into throwing money away.

I can understand the complexity of the required software to compute the best fare for the user, but this contract was tendered for a specific time period for a specific budget. I can never understand why nor how an overdue project can be extended, seemingly, indefinitely and money continuously poured into it until completion, regardless of whether the requirements have been achieved.

Last week, Vivian Miners, chief executive of the Transport Ticketing Authority, is no longer there. Who else is next?

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