It’s good to see The Age asking whether Myki is money well spent. I wonder, though, why they aren’t looking at opportunity cost. Sure, people will be annoyed the the chief executive of Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA) spent $170 000 on overseas junkets over the past 18 months – but where’s the outrage that Myki’s $500 million pricetag hasn’t been spent on something more useful, like a railway line to Doncaster? I don’t have a problem with ticketing reform per se , but I don’t think it’s the best public transport project to throw half a billion dollars at right now.
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