Transport for New South Wales and Cubic to start open payment trial in Sydney

Sydney trainsCubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation is to begin open payments trials in Sydney, Australia in 2017, enabling Sydney to have London-style open payments ticketing technology. The trial would be a first for the southern hemisphere, providing a valuable test case for other Australian cities which have been contemplating open payments.    

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, made the trial announcement at the opening session of the Future Technology Summit in Sydney, being held from April 18 – 19.

“For too long, NSW has lagged behind the world when it comes to transport – but that’s changing,” said Constance. “Contactless payment with credit and debit cards would offer customers another easy to use and convenient option for travelling. We’re all about making Opal even better. Cubic and the team behind it have done an incredible job. Now we want to use the technology behind Opal to further enhance the system.”

Cubic had undertaken discussions with Transport for New South Wales about open payments while they were investigating the new technology.

“The Sydney trial is a very exciting development, having the potential to leapfrog Sydney up into the ranks of a select group of leading cities embracing the new technology,” said Matt Cole, president of CTS. “Open payments represent a major advance into the future with ticketing technology. For commuters, it means an end to topping up funds on a smart card and a convenient option. For transport operators, it means expanded customer services and potential efficiencies.”

Cubic originally pioneered and rolled out the world’s first open payments system with Transport for London, beginning with a customer trial on buses in 2012. Since full deployment in 2014 across the entire London public transport system, open payments has skyrocketed in popularity, and now account for about one million trips a day. Approximately 22,000 new users join the system, every day and it now accounts for more than 25 percent of all trips in London.

“In Sydney, open payments would continue to operate alongside Opal, as in London. It’s not a replacement for smartcard ticketing, but an enhancement to the system to provide more options for commuters,” said Cole.

In Australia, more than 15 million trips are taken every week using the Queensland go card and the NSW Opal systems, both installed and operated by Cubic.

Cubic is also one of the companies shortlisted to take over operating the myki system in Melbourne.

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