The Victorian government is claiming that nearly 100,000 users have jumped on its mobile myki play that allows public transport to be paid through a smartphone app. Launched in March, passengers are able to pay for transport tickets on their smartphones via the myki mobile app. Mobile myki can be used on existing myki gates and readers at the state’s train stations, myki-enabled buses, as well as on Melbourne’s trams. According to the state government, passengers quickly adopted the initiative, with nearly 11,000 people using it within the first 24 hours. It said around 1,000 mobile myki’s per day have been activated since launch. The function is only available to Android users, however. It was developed in partnership with Victorian ticketing provider NTT Data and Google, and uses Google Pay. The tech is mostly being used on Melbourne’s train network, with 57.8% of passengers travelling by train, followed by trams, metropolitan buses, regional trains, and regional buses. Passengers aged between 25 and 34 who make up over 30% of total users are leading the uptake. SEE ALSO: Victoria looks to make public transport info available in real-time Although mobile myki is only available to Android users, AU$1 million was allocated as part of the state’s 2019-20 Budget to accelerate the development to other smartphone platforms, including iOS. “We’ve seen an incredible response to mobile myki in just over two months and we’re getting on with the development and technical testing needed to make this technology available for people with other… [Read full story]
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