Victoria's myki claims $80m this year

Victoria's myki claims $80m this year

Summary: The Victorian Government allocated $80.8 million in yesterday's 2010-11 budget to the continued roll-out of the myki smartcard ticketing system this financial year.

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The Victorian Government allocated $80.8 million in yesterday's 2010-11 budget to the continued roll-out of the myki smartcard ticketing system this financial year.

The $80.8 million funding for the roll-out of the system will be the last of the $460.9 million allocated to the project, save $5 million. The $460.9 million was purely for the roll-out of the system, not its operation.

With this remaining funding, the myki will have to be rolled out onto Melbourne's trams and buses. As yet, the system has only made its way onto trains.

A statement released by myki yesterday rejected reports that the budget had blown out to three times its original size. It stated that the original budget for the ticketing system roll-out and 10 years of operation was originally estimated at $1 billion but was expanded to $1.35 billion in the 2008 budget to "cover the cost of additional devices required for new buses and trams which have been acquired since the original contract was signed, additional gates at railway stations and a change to increase card memory".

Among other investments made in the budget, $17 million has been allocated for new numberplate recognition technology for the Victorian Police, and $7 million has been allocated for 7000 new or replacement computers in early childhood education.

Topics: Government, Government AU

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  • The new ticketing systems in Sydney and Melbourne have been badly handled. The systems have stupid names carved out in juvenile all-lowercase logos and in the case of Sydney the new system is just a rehash of what we've had for around 18 years. Can't we do better? I remember back to the late 1980s when Sydney's first prepaid tickets were rolled out. The system was fairly basic but it was rolled out on time, on budget and as an added bonus, it actually worked. The only problem with it was that it was easy to use in a fraudulent way.
    Mel Sommersberg
  • There is no justification to "...a change to increase card memory", this is a load of garbage. It appears, that less than a third of the available memory (2Kbytes) is used with the current solution, and in any case, the selected card platform also offers a larger size card (8Kbytes) without any change... the extra $350M seems to be a pretty high price for a few extra gates and devices - yet another cover-up to hide the truth?
    MyCard