Qld gov expands smart ticketing system trial to Brisbane – Strategy – Hardware – Software
The Queensland Government has extended its trial of a next-generation public transport ticketing system to the first heavy rail section in Brisbane, allowing commuters to pay using their credit or debit cards and smartphones.
The Ferny Grove rail line – which connects the outer north-west suburbs and Roma Street in the CBD – will host the trial from Monday, as the government prepares for a wider roll-out to all stations in the south-east of the Queensland later this year. .
The government began testing the ticketing system on the Gold Coast light rail network in December 2020 after selecting Cubic Transportation Systems for the $371 million project in June 2018.
The new system allows commuters to pay for their journeys using Mastercard, Visa or American Express contactless credit and debit cards, including those linked to digital wallets on smartphones and smartwatches, as well as existing Go cards and paper tickets.
Cubic, which has been the state’s incumbent Go Card provider since 2003, also supports Sydney’s Opal Card ticketing network, which supports contactless credit and debit card payments across all modes of public transport since September 2019.
Translink manager Sally Stannard said the Ferny Grove trial, which will initially be limited to adult fares only, “will lead to a full roll-out across the entire passenger rail system, with buses and ferries to be continued”.
The SEQ bus network alone will require around 13,500 readers to be installed, according to Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who described the roll-out as ‘epic’ when announcing the trial extension over the weekend.
Cubic Managing Director John Karaboulis said: “Queensland is to be congratulated on this historic project – the installation of the world’s most modern and largest contactless ticketing system across the state, an area more larger than Great Britain and more than twice the size of Texas.