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Canberra launches smart city light rail network

The Australian capital describes the network as a key building block in its vision to create a smart and sustainable city, serving 500,000 people by 2030.

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Transport Canberra is offering MyWay card users free travel on the network for a month
Transport Canberra is offering MyWay card users free travel on the network for a month

Canberra has launched a new light rail network, which the Australian capital describes as central to its smart and sustainable vision for the city.

 

The network benefits from the latest generation of tap-on and -off multi-modal ticketing technology developed by Flowbird Transport Intelligence.

 

Integrated ticketing

 

The light rail service fully integrates with the bus ticketing system (same ticket, same fare, same rules) – also developed by Flowbird – enabling easy access for commuters and visitors across both modes of transport.

 

For the light rail programme, Flowbird developed and installed 23 self-service touchscreen retail terminals and 66 platform validators across the network, while ensuring integration with the MyWay smart card architecture.

 

For the first time, passengers can now top up their MyWay cards instantly for bus and light rail, check their MyWay balance or purchase a single or daily adult or concession ticket via the terminals, which also provide four language options: English, Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

The development moves the city into its next phase of growth and development through the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in the Australian Capital Territory

To celebrate the launch and other changes to the network , public transport operator, Transport Canberra, is providing a month of free travel until Sunday 26 May 2019 when passengers use their MyWay card.

 

At a community preview event, Canberra Chief Minister Andrew Barr was reported as saying the development moved the city into its next phase of growth and development through the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in the Australian Capital Territory.

 

Transport Canberra enjoys a long-standing partnership with Flowbird spanning four decades, having worked with the technology provider on the first automatic fare collection requirements of the Canberra bus system and the recent MyWay smartcard scheme.

 

David Thompson, general manager, Australia for Flowbird Transport Intelligence, commented: “The integrated ticketing system we have developed for bus and light rail will play an important role in helping Canberra achieve its vision of being a more sustainable and modern city, by increasing accessibility, encouraging better use of urban spaces and helping to attract new investment.”

 

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