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#31
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by Bus 400 - July 08, 2022, 11:59:52 AM
The QR code at selected train stations & on buses was COVID contact tracing. 

I can't even see why TC can't implement a subscription style service such as about to be trialled in Sydney. Users pay a weekly amount from first check in. No reason why TC couldn't take over the Check In CBR app to try this either.
#32
The Playground / Re: What PT did you get today?...
Last post by triumph - July 07, 2022, 09:06:37 PM
5/7
654 (R3)
719 (31)
005 (R1)
330 (R9)
657 (R3)

6/7
714 (R2)
705 (R2)
007, 002, 010, 014 (R1)
554 (R2)
#33
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses - July 07, 2022, 02:22:22 PM
Once like the old magnetic machines was enough, this whole on AND off thing has always been annoying.

Quote from: Barry Drive on July 07, 2022, 11:49:42 AMOne possibility is to use a QR code check in system - every bus and tram stop will display a QR code which you scan as you board
Think I've seen NSW buses with something like this, maybe, but... what about for those of us without mobile phones?
#34
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by Barry Drive - July 07, 2022, 11:49:42 AM
Quote from: Barry Drive on July 02, 2022, 08:12:18 PMIt's now July. No contract has been published.
An announcement is expected in the next few months.

Quote from: Sylvan Loves Buses on July 03, 2022, 11:53:04 AMI just wish we can have a system where only tapping on is required and tapping off is optional.
Tapping on is SO last decade. With an account based system using an app, physically tapping on (and off) is unnecessary.

One possibility is to use a QR code check in system - every bus and tram stop will display a QR code which you scan as you board. This will deduct a fare from your account (if required) and the phone app is your ticket. Such a system will overcome many of the problems discussed above.

Tapping on can be limited to tap-and-go bank cards and smartcards for those without access to an app. (Might be worth providing a discount to the app to encourage its use.)

[Obviously this is entirely speculative, and may not resemble what is actually implemented.]
#35
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by triumph - July 03, 2022, 07:09:38 PM
Quote from: Sylvan Loves Buses on July 03, 2022, 11:53:04 AMI just wish we can have a system where only tapping on is required and tapping off is optional. Kinda like what Melbourne had when I last visited many years ago with thier Miki system.
A more reliable system that actually locks onto the stops better too, jumping on a bus constantly only to have to communicate to the drivers that "the machine is red" can quite often be time consuming - plus costly for when the driver changes routes before you get a chance to tag off.

There is a wrinkle in Melbourne. For journeys wholly in zone 2, tapping off is necessary to attract the cheapest fare.

It is quite wrong that MyWay users can be subject to penalty fares when system issues result in a 'synthetic log off' (meaning the system thinks the customer has not logged off) even though the customer has validly tapped off/can't tap off. (Does the system trap any of these events?). There are other relevant issues of incorrect records I have previously commented on.
#36
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses - July 03, 2022, 11:53:04 AM
I just wish we can have a system where only tapping on is required and tapping off is optional. Kinda like what Melbourne had when I last visited many years ago with thier Miki system.
A more reliable system that actually locks onto the stops better too, jumping on a bus constantly only to have to communicate to the drivers that "the machine is red" can quite often be time consuming - plus costly for when the driver changes routes before you get a chance to tag off.
#37
The Playground / Re: What PT did you get today?...
Last post by triumph - July 02, 2022, 09:03:35 PM
Not much seems to be happening - pandemic plus winter, no doubt. So to keep the thread alive...

15/5
013, 011 (R1)

31/5
387, 599 (R2)

3/6
508 (45)
623 (R2)

8/6
014, 005, 011, 003, 004, 010 (R1)
012 (Rx2)
012 (R1)
Note: Rx2 was a short working on R1 route from Depot to Alinga St. Short workings from the Depot mostly can't be identified (except Northbound when one is at Sandford St) but schedules, terminal platform arrived at, and passenger load can provide clues.

22/6
011,009,003,005 (R1)

28/6
013, 010 (R1)

29/6
003, 004, 005, 010, 007 (R1)
#38
General Discussion / Re: MyWay replacement
Last post by Barry Drive - July 02, 2022, 08:12:18 PM
Earlier this year, TCCS said the supplier of new ticket system would be "appointed by mid-year".

Refer: actbus.net/update-on-next-generation-public-transport-ticketing-system

It's now July. No contract has been published.
#39
Infrastructure / Re: Infrastructure Discussion
Last post by Barry Drive - July 02, 2022, 07:57:23 PM
Quote from: Bus 400 on August 20, 2021, 06:35:03 PMWhile a DA has been previously released, a tender has gone out to replace the temporary drivers facilities at Fraser West Terminus.
And work to remove the old building commenced this week. (If you regard installing temporary fencing as "commencing".)
#40
Photo of the Month / Re: July 2022 - voting open
Last post by Barry Drive - June 28, 2022, 01:26:09 PM
Voting has opened - will close on 1 July, winner revealed Sat 2 July.

With 8 photos there are up to 3 votes each.