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Sydney expands contactless to train network

More than 235,000 trips have been taken in Sydney using contactless payments since March this year

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The contactless payment system has been rolled out to Sydney's rail network
The contactless payment system has been rolled out to Sydney's rail network

Transport for New South Wales is rolling out Cubic Transportation Systems’ (CTS) contactless payment system to the city’s train network following its success on the Australian city’s ferries and light rail.

 

The technology gives commuters a wider choice to pay for ticketing, including credit cards, smart watches, wearables and other electronic devices, alongside the popular Opal card.

 

Uptake of contactless

 

More than 235,000 trips have been taken in Sydney using contactless payments since the system was extended to all ferries and light rail in March this year. The project began with a trial on the Manly ferry service in 2017.

 

“Expanding contactless in Sydney is a game-changer for transport and represents one of the biggest advancements in ticketing technology in years,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director of CTS, Asia-Pacific.

 

“We’re very proud that Sydney is helping to lead the way by embracing new technologies to provide the best services possible for passengers.”

 

Some of the contactless technology, software and equipment developed for Sydney will also be included in Cubic projects to be rolled out over the next few years in cities such as New York, Boston and San Francisco, as a result of recent contract wins.

“Expanding contactless in Sydney is a game-changer for transport and represents one of the biggest advancements in ticketing technology in years”

“This effort is a tremendous achievement, driven by New South Wales Transport and Infrastructure Minister for Transport Andrew Constance’s vision of using the most advanced technologies available to improve transport for commuters,” added Walker.

 

The Sydney contactless or open payment system is based on ticketing technology Cubic pioneered with Transport for London (TfL), that’s readily adaptable to meet the environmental and regulatory conditions of cities around the world.

 

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