ACT smart card ticketing goes live

The smart card ticketing system for Australian Capital Territory buses is going live for all Canberrans from Monday, according to the territory's Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope.

The smart card ticketing system for Australian Capital Territory buses is going live for all Canberrans from Monday, according to the territory's Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope.

"The staged roll-out to seniors over the past two weeks has gone well, with over 4500 seniors getting on board and it is time for the general community to transfer over to the MyWay cards," Stanhope said.

People will still be able to pay by cash, but old magnetic strip tickets have to be used by 11 April.

Those using the new cards will make a saving of 5 per cent on their travel, according to Stanhope. The cards can be recharged via direct debit or BPAY. Travellers will also avoid paying more than they should for trips.

"In addition, the requirement for people to tag on and off buses will not only provide important information on travel patterns but also ensure customers are charged the cheapest available fare, for instance journeys taken during off-peak periods will automatically be charged at off-peak rates," he said.

"A daily fare cap will be in place for both concession and adult ticket holders, while a monthly cap of 36 paid trips will also mean that any trips taken over the capped amount during the calendar month will be free if people tag on and off."

The ACT announced that it was rolling out a smart card ticketing system using Downer EDI's technology back in 2009, which was also behind Perth's smartrider. Brisbane and Victoria both have smart card ticketing systems, although Victoria's is currently under review by the Liberal Government. South Australia has a roll-out underway, while NSW has also announced the roll-out of a new system with Cubic after its Tcard roll-out with ERG stalled.

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