• Hannah Phillips

One Less Card to Carry with Mobile Myki

A trial of new ticketing technology could see mobile Mykis rolled out across Victoria as early as 2019.

Called 'mobile myki', public transport users will need to access a custom-built smartphone app and near field communication technology to integrate with existing myki ticket barriers and card readers across Victoria’s trains, trams and buses.

Victoria will be one of the first public transport networks in the world to trial mobile ticketing technology across multiple transport modes on the entire network, without the need for new infrastructure or equipment to be built.

This new technology will allow passengers to top up on the go, check the balance of their myki at any time, avoid queues for ticketing machines and reduce the chance of forgetting or losing a physical card.

The trial will commence in the coming months, through a limited, industry-based test group of users on Android devices before extending to a wider, public test group later in the year.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “Over the next year we will watch how the trial goes, and make sure we get the technology right before making it available for all Victorians.”

The full trial period is expected to run until early 2019, before a decision is made about making mobile myki available for all passengers in the new year.

The existing physical myki card will continue to remain in use during and after the trial.

Launched in 2008, myki is the one of the world’s largest smart ticketing systems with more than 12 million active cards and 700 million transactions each year.

For more information about the trial, visit ptv.vic.gov.au/mobilemyki.

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