Victorians will soon have no choice but to adopt the troubled myki integrated ticketing card for public transport, as the state's Transport Ticketing Authority has this week finalised plans for the removal of older Metcard ticketing machines from train stations.
The paper ticket-based Metcard system is being slowly phased out in favour of the myki contactless system that allows commuters to tap on and off of the train, tram or bus with an integrated smart card, rather than purchasing their ticket at a machine in advance.
Bernie Carolan, CEO of the Victorian Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA), told ZDNet Australia in a statement today that the agency will start removing ticketing machines from individual lines starting next month.
"Metcard ticket machines will be withdrawn from all metropolitan railway stations, starting in February at some CBD locations and the Williamstown line," Carolan said, adding that the idea was to encourage the move from Metcard to myki so long as it doesn't disadvantage commuters.
"Metcard ticket machines will only be removed from a railway station once the myki machines at the station are updated to sell myki cards," he added.
Carolan expects the removal of Metcard machines from the Victorian rail network to take five months. A public information campaign encouraging the use of myki and advertising the end of Metcard will run at the same time as the withdrawal.
"By the end of August, it will not be possible to buy a Metcard from a ticket machine at a Metro station," Carolan said.
The TTA told ZDNet Australia that the current take-up rate for the myki smart ticketing system currently sits at around 30 per cent.