PUBLIC Transport Victoria has announced the myki electronic ticketing system will be enabled at all stations on the Traralgon rail line from early next month.
Pictured: V/Line’s paper tickets, which will be phased out on the Traralgon line after myki is introduced early next month.
From 8 July passengers will have a choice between the present paper tickets and the new myki cards, which are presently in operation on metropolitan rail, tram and bus services as well as some regional bus services.
Weekly, monthly and date-to-date tickets will not be sold after the last service on 22 September, but other single-use paper tickets will still be sold after that date.
It is yet to be announced when paper tickets will be completely phased out on any V/Line line.
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The Traralgon line, which includes Longwarry, Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon and Trafalgar stations, will be the second regional line to move to myki, with the Seymour line switching later this month.
myki card readers and top-up machines were installed at many V/Line stations along the line a number of years ago but have not been in service since installation.
PTV is yet to announce when customers travelling to or from stations east of Traralgon will be moved to myki.
The new ticketing system brings with it a new way of charging customers, and V/Line CEO Theo Taifalos said in a media release the new system “may take a little getting used to.”
“While the new zone and time based fares may take a little getting used to, our customers will soon see the benefits of this model.
“Seniors…, for instance, will now be able to travel to Melbourne for free on weekends with their seniors myki, while all passengers will automatically be charged off-peak fares as appropriate,” said Mr Taifalos.
Public Transport Victoria Director of Customer Services Alan Fedda said in a media release there are different fare options to choose from.
“Passengers currently purchasing single, daily and off-peak tickets should switch to myki money, while those using weekly, monthly or date-to-date tickets should switch to myki pass,” Mr Fedda said.
A number of payment options are also available with the new ticketing system.
“As well as buying and topping up a myki at the ticket window at staffed stations, passengers can also buy and top up their card online at ptv.vic.gov.au, by calling 1800 800 007, from close to 60 retail outlets and myki machines at stations,” Mr Fedda said.
“Passengers boarding at unstaffed stations can top up their myki before travelling, instead of having to buy a ticket from the conductor.
“People using myki money can use auto top up so they will never again have to wait in line to purchase their ticket.”
But passengers wanting to use myki money will have to buy a myki card before travelling for the first time.
“Passengers need to ensure they have a valid myki pass or enough myki money on their card to pay for the journey they are taking and this is made much easier by the purchase and top up options which are now available,” Mr Fedda said.
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