First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Cubic Transportation Systems’ (CTS’) business division and Transport for New South Wales will extend its trial of contactless ticketing across the entire Sydney ferry and light rail network. The project aims to allow users to purchase one-off fares quicker and easier while also allowing them to pay for journeys using American Express and Visa cards.
More than 15,000 passengers are estimated to have used their Mastercard to tap on and pay for travel across Sydney harbour since the trial began on the Manly Ferry service in July 2017.
The technology that Cubic has pioneered with Transport for London is designed with the intention of matching Australia’s environmental and regulatory conditions.
Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director of CTS Asia-Pacific, said: “The trial has been a very important test for this complex new technology and we are delighted that contactless will now be expanded further.”
“Australians are keen adapters of technology and we expect to see a rapid adoption of contactless here. In addition, Cubic is continually evolving Opal to take advantage of best-of-breed technology developments that the company is investing in and deploying around the world,” Walker added.