Next-generation myki readers have been installed on an E-Class tram as part of a trial which could see the new, faster readers rolled out across the E-Class fleet.
Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the next-generation readers registered tickets instantly, enabling people to get on trams quicker, particularly in peak hour.
The readers look and operate like those now installed at City Loop train stations, allowing passengers to touch their myki to the digital screen instead of touching below the screen.
When passengers touch on successfully the screen flashes green and displays a tick. If a passenger can’t touch on successfully the screen flashes red and displays a cross, and the reader provides information why.
E-Class trams are the biggest, safest and most accessible on the network. Each tram can carry more than 200 passengers, and boasts state-of-the-art audio and visual passenger information, air conditioning, improved safety features and dedicated spaces for passengers with wheelchairs, scooters or prams.
There are currently 30 E-Class trams in service, with 40 more to set to roll off the production line at Bombardier in Dandenong and into service over the next three years.
Every single one of these 70 trams has been ordered by a Labor Government. In contrast, the former Liberal Government didn’t buy a single new tram in their four years in office.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan
“The Andrews Labor Government is trialling next-generation myki readers on Melbourne’s biggest, safest and most accessible trams.”
“The new readers are faster and easier to use, allowing people to get on trams quicker, particularly in peak hour.”
“If the trial is successful, the new faster readers will be rolled out across the E-Class tram fleet, making our best trams even better.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the trams, trains, technology and major projects our network needs to get people home safer and sooner, every day.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021