Myki shrouded in secrecy

A VEIL of secrecy appears to surround the rollout of Victoria's troubled new ticketing system in Ballarat next month.A flyer released by Vision Australia recently reported that the smartcard myki would be used by Ballarat bus company Davis Bus Lines as of March.The flyer also promoted a myki information session which is being held in Wendouree today.However, a Davis Bus Lines spokesman said he was unable to comment on the proposed rollout as it was a State Government matter.When The Courier contacted public transport minister Lynne Kosky's spokesman Stephen Moynihan, he said any myki inquiries should be referred to the Transport Ticketing Authority.Yet a TTA spokesman said myki's rollout date in Ballarat had not yet been confirmed.However, Ballarat East MLA Geoff Howard said "it should be happening within the next couple of months"."It could be next month but they are just working through the process," Mr Howard said."But it should be ready to run soon."The City of Ballarat declined to comment until after today's information session.A reusable plastic card, myki calculates the best fare for the journey and deducts that amount from money stored on the card.It is hoped the system will eventually be used on all forms of public transport in Victoria.To date, the $844 million myki project is hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and at least three years behind schedule.Geelong is currently the only Victorian town currently trialling myki, with the system being used by McHarry's Buslines.Ballarat's myki information session will be held today at Vision Australia, 1300 Howitt St, Wendouree, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.To register, call 5337 4555.