NSW expands contactless transport payments

NSW expands contactless transport payments

NSW expands contactless transport payments

Transport minister Andrew Constance announced the new contactless-friendly routes this morning as part of an expanded trial of the technology that has been in place on the Manly ferry for the past nine months.

Since the trial was launched in July 2017, more than 15,000 passengers have used their Mastercard to tap and pay on the Manly Ferry service.

Cubic Transportation Systems has demonstrated how their contactless card technology developed with Transport for London, can be adapted for other transit systems as it is implemented across Sydney ferry and light rail network...

The "contactless payment scheme" came into play on Monday and is expected to be rolled out to trains before the end of the year, said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

"(It) is created to be convenient for tourists and for those who might have left their Opal card at home". They can also use smartphones or wearables linked to these cards to pay for public transport.

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If you're using a digital wallet or payment technology to pay your fare, make sure you've selected the right card.

Cubic Corporation's trial of contactless ticketing in Australia will expand across the entire Sydney ferry and light rail network.

"It's created to be be able to be convenient for tourists, for those who left their Opal at home, it's about convenience", Mr Constance said.

By Amex's count, nearly 60% of Australians use contactless payments and one in six use mobile wallets, which means the option to use these payment methods on their daily commute will likely be a popular one.

Transport for NSW also wants third parties to leverage the Opal payments platform. "We are not replacing the Opal system". CTS has been working closely with TfNSW to develop Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that enable third parties to connect to the Opal system so that journeys can be paid for using the Opal card. Just use the usual electronic ticketing gate outside terminals.

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