Hard to believe, but there is a ‘Smart’ card project even more badly managed than MTC’s Clipper:
The myki ticket system was initially supposed to be running by March 2007, but more than five years later it is still being introduced at a total cost of $1.52 billion – more than half the cost of NASA’s recent Mars mission.
It gets worse:
In a report last November the Victorian Ombudsman attacked the state’s handling of major information and communication technology (ICT) projects, including myki, saying there was too much acceptance of cost blowouts.
The Baillieu government initially considered scrapping myki, but opted to keep the troubled system with modifications after a review by accounting firm Deloitte found abandoning it would cost the state $1 billion.
Mr Carolan told the hearing no one on the Transport Ticketing Authority board had read the Deloitte review, which the government is fighting in the Supreme Court to keep secret. But he said the board had been briefed on the report, which has recommended to do away with short-term tickets and to not install myki ticket machines on trams.