Investigate MYKI: $1,500,000,000 of fail

How much money does it take to turn a paper card with magnetic data on it, into a plastic card with magnetic data on it?

$1,500,000,000.

Cost of Myki visualized in gold.  approx 31.1 tons.  The gold would be cube of 117cm x 117 cm x 117 cm. About a million ounces of gold.

Cost of Myki visualized in gold. approx 31.1 tons. The gold would be cube of 117cm x 117 cm x 117 cm. About a million ounces of gold.

You’re kidding right?

That’s what has happened under our noses in the last few years.

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What was wrong with the ‘Metcard’ paper card system?

Metcard vending machine, built like a tank, simple to use, quite reliable.

The EFTPOS  on the ticket vending machines was rather slow.

Monthly tickets were likely to be damaged after about 3 weeks of use.

Paper cards don’t mix with water obviously.

Allegedly the ticket system vendor was going out of business.

Now I’m struggling to think of issues that come close to the debacle that is MYKI.

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What is wrong with the ‘Myki’ card system?

Myki card reader machine hardware already wearing out after just a year of use. This one also showing software fault as well. Out of order and crumbling.

Myki card reader machine hardware already wearing out after just a year of use. This one also showing software fault as well. Out of order and crumbling.

Slower card reading.

Twice as much card use on trams/ buses, with the need to touch off.

Touching off on a crowded tram is a nightmare.

Longer queues at gates.

Vending machine very prone to vandalism and faults.

Aggressive ticket inspector regime.

Cards prone to unknown damage and having zero value as unreadable.

Replacement cards costing $6 and having zero credit preloaded.

No hard copy proof of payment on card, even the printed receipt is not proof of paying for service.

Unknown cost of travel. with the paper card it was clear to everyone how much time you had left.

Slow ticket top up times, slower than the Metcard EFTPOS issue.

Hard for people in wheelchairs to use.

Trains have to wait longer at station due to longer queues.

New issues emerging all the time.

MYKI makes me realize what was so good about the paper ‘Metcards’.

A better question is; “what isn’t wrong with Myki?”

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How much is 1.5 BILLION dollars?

31.1 tons of gold (a cube of gold 117 cm long on each edge).

So we spent  1.5 BILLION dollars on a ticket system for a train system when the previous ticket actually worked quite well.

In fact ‘Metcard’ was the most reliable part of the entire public transport network. Have a valid ‘Metcard’, benefit of doubt given by any one with good vision.

But rather than pointlessly complain like a bunch of retarded Marxists, we offer alternatives.

What else could we have purchased for 1.5 BILLION dollars for Victoria?

Alternative ideas for 1.5 BILLION dollars.

Proposition 1:

A mission to Mars.

We could have afforded a mission to Mars instead of the Myki ticketing system.  The space ship would not have been as big as the one pictured, but still, it's Mars!!!

We could have afforded a mission to Mars instead of the Myki ticketing system. The space ship would not have been as big as the one pictured, but still, it’s Mars!!!

Crazy as it sounds we could have afforded it for this much money.

https://sites.google.com/site/cheaperthanmyki/home

Seriously we could have had our own space programme, not an Australian space programme, a Victorian government space programme. Beat that Sydney. We got the AFL grand final AND a rover on Mars. Imagine the cross promotion there, if you win the grand final you get your team logo  outside the ‘MCG  and on the surface of Mars .

Queensland has Movieworld, we could have had Spaceworld. Nice one XXXX drinkers you made a movie about outer space, we went there and made a movie about it.

Think of the tourism spin off, Melbourne would be on the map as the place in Australia to visit, we could have our own cape Canaveral, the whole 9 yards.  Think of science and technology spin offs from having all the work done here.

You could have had a semi autonomous Martian rover, but instead you got a Myki, plastic 'smart card' that was only smart enough to remember you name.

You could have had a semi autonomous Martian rover, but instead you got a Myki, plastic ‘smart card’ that was only smart enough to remember your name.

Proposition 2:

Free public transport in Victoria for 4 years.

Not long term sustainable perhaps, but what a pork barrel for any politician who could claim they supported it. makes for great re-election advertising (very subtle hint). I can Just see John So stepping of a bus in a re-election campaign add saying “In Melbourne we choose bus, free bus!”. Great for the environment, get more cars off the roads, reduces parking problems in commuter areas. Of course this attacks too many vested interests (should I say rackets), parking building industry, parking ticket industry, oil companies, ticket inspector enforcer industry, people who sell cost inflated useless ticketing systems (Myki),etc…

Free bus: great pork barrel politics.P.S. John So: MCC money is not for your own campaign funds, remember that if there is a next time.

Free bus: great pork barrel politics.
P.S. John So: MCC money is not for your own campaign funds, remember that if there is a next time.

Proposition 3

A larger rail network.

Imagine an outer ring of rail skirting the edge of the zone 1 / zone 2 boundary or the very outer edge of zone 2. easier to get from suburb to suburb without traveling in and then changing train and then traveling out again. The proposed Doncaster extention is $400M, we could afford more than 3 rail lines of that length for the money.

We could have at least some of these additions.

We could have at least some of these additions.

Proposition 4

Other:

A new industry for Victoria? You can buy a lot with 1.5 BILLION dollars.

We have the second most extensive tram network in the world we could go for the number 1 spot and knock St Petersburg out of the top spot.

Surprise me make a comment!

But no we got a plastic card that magnetically stores your name in it. I could get such a gimmick at Vic markets for $1, or 10 for $8.

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There has got to be something rotten with MYKI

budget vs actual myki cost

So with such an enormous sum of money being spent on such a substandard product, there has got to be something dirty going on.

Actually there are many dirty things going on:

The stench of corruption in the vendor selection process.

Why was a working system from another city not used and slightly modified, it would have been much cheaper.

The enormous cost and time blow out of the project. 3.3 times budget cost, 2 years late.

It’s the most expensive system of its type in the world.

Old card ‘Metcard’ reader machines were needlessly junked, even though they could read Myki cards.

The spy tool aspect of the system:  users can be  easily followed and monitored.

The dividing people into socioeconomic groups, targeting concession card holders for harassment.

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Myki Card back

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Posted on March 15, 2013, in Australia, Economics & Finance, Law & Government, Media, Melbourne, Mock and Awe, Victoria and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Was Nick Carson involved in this ?

  2. No faketivists were consulted or harmed in the production of this article.

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