In too deep

We have all been in a similar situation. A lot of time and effort has been put into a project, a relationship or even a university degree and then finally one day you decide the project has some major flaws, the relationship isn’t right for you or the university degree isn’t the way you want to go in life.

Taking a look at the data, you realise exactly how close you are to finishing the degree, how little effort it would take to patch up the relationship or how close the project is to launching. To use an old expression, you think, ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’. The problem is that no matter what way you look at it, if you decide to continue, you or someone else who is affected by the situation will be unhappy. This is what has happened with the myki ticketing system. The Baillieu state government gained power in Victoria when close to $1 billion had been spent on the troubled and massively over budget myki ticketing system. It would take a brave premier to throw away the myki ticketing system and the Baillieu government decided to continue with the implementation of myki to replace the Metcard system.

The problem I find with the implementation of the myki system is that Metcard worked perfectly. If there was one fault in the system, it was that trams only allowed purchase of tickets via coins. Victoria is projected to outgrow Sydney in population by 2050 and a successful public transport system for the residents of the state and for tourists will be a key factor in making this happen. Let’s hope that this mess is sorted out in the next five years, for everyone’s sake.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where so much time and effort had been spent on a project that your only choice was to finish it?

Should the Baillieu government have scrapped the myki ticketing system when they came into power?

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