Myki tickets now a must for travellers

THE move to replace paper tickets with myki cards on V/Line train lines has been met with mixed opinions from Bendigo residents. 

From this week, people travelling on the Bendigo line will require a myki, regardless of how often they travel. 

Regular commuter Eleisha Young praised the new system, saying it was a lot easier to have one card rather than having to buy tickets on every journey. 

"It got pretty complicated when there was paper tickets and myki used for different services so I'm glad it's been converted now," she said. 

"There has been a few times it hasn't worked on the bus but that just means you get a free trip."

However student Ruby Gordon, 16, uses the train every day from Woodend to Bendigo and said she preferred the old system. 

"You're paying more if the train is delayed and if you have to change at different stations by touching on and off," she said. 

Bendigo's Holly Paterson, 28, said while she preferred the old system, the myki system "seemed fine" and could be a cheaper option for commuters. 

Public Transport Victoria customer services director Alan Fedda said commuters had no reason to worry about the new system. 

He said train customers could purchase and top-up myki cards from the ticket window at staffed stations, myki machines at stations, local retail outlets, online at ptv.vic.gov.au, or by calling 1800 800 007.

A full fare myki costs $6, while all concession cards cost $3. People can then top-up the card as needed. 

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