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Myki has been rolled out across all trams and trains across Melbourne, allowing customers to use the ‘touch on, touch off’ system at most public transportation points.
John Brumby had faced extreme criticism for the repeated delay to the full roll-out of Myki. With the new audit of the system, the full shift from paper Metcards to the plastic Myki looks set to be delayed again.
Myki would allow customers to top up online, with amounts that suited them, and having a guarantee that the prices would not be higher then when using a metcard.
Unlike other transport cards overseas the Myki is not available for purchase at most stations, to buy the smart card a customer has to go to the ticketing booth at stations or order the card online.
The card includes requirements of proof of ID, to allow the card to have the money transferred should become lost or stolen.
The Myki system has cost the government more then $1.35 billion, going over the budget given to the card.