Cubic is launching a trial, in early 2017, of an open loop payments ticketing technology to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.
Cubic Transportation Systems inked a contract worth US$7.6 million, or AU$10.2 million, from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) for the trial.
The trial will allow Sydney commuters of participating payment schemes to tap their contactless bankcard directly on Opal readers at the trial site to pay for travel.
Contactless ticketing was first launched on London buses in 2012 and then rolled out across the entire public transport system in the London capital in 2014. More than 600 million journeys have now been made, using over 12 million credit and debit cards from 97 countries, in addition to the use of mobile devices.
As part of Cubic’s technology delivery to Sydney, the Opal smart card ticketing system, which completed its rollout across all modes in late 2014 ahead of schedule and within budget, was intentionally “future-proofed” to enable the new open loop payments technology to be added-on once it had been proved in major world markets.
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