I used to live in Sydney. It was crowded but there was some sanity to arrangements. Today I was back briefly for just a few hours and had to navigate around all of the new toll roads. In Melbourne, this is an easy affair. You ring up and buy a day pass. Then you are good to go. In Sydney, you get a list of half a dozen different numbers that you need to call depending upon which freeway you happen to be on. What is more, most of those numbers are only operational from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. Good grief. How did they get to this state of affairs? When it comes to economies of scale in toll roads, one thing is true: standardise on the method of payment. In Melbourne that means a single eTag system and operator. In Sydney, there is a mixture of eTag, ePass, luck and cash. Someone, somewhere in government had to sign off on that. You know what should happen to them.
In the end, I was able to access some web-sites — having avoided tolls to reach my destination — and buy passage back to the airport. Of course, had I realised what I was in for, I should have just taken my eTag from Melbourne. Apparently, that would work just fine, on all roads in Sydney!