The Australian Capital Territory has chosen Downer EDI to develop its $8 million electronic ticketing system for public transport.
The new smart card-based ticketing system, set to be operational in the second half of 2010, is modelled on Perth's SmartRider system and also implemented by Downer EDI.
The smart card has a microchip that doesn't need to be taken out of wallets to be identified by the requisite reader.
"Canberrans can look forward to a new ticketing system that is fast, easy and flexible," Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Jon Stanhope said in a statement. "It will offer bus users a reusable and rechargeable card for travel on all ACTION buses."
Users will be able to recharge their smart card over the internet, via telephone or at card machines across the territory, the chief minister said. Casual users will also be able to buy a one use ticket. The territory will retain its current fare structure.
Passengers tagging on and off will also allow the government to better monitor passenger trends and meet changes in demand, according to Stanhope.
"The new smart card system is an important part of the ACT Government's investment in developing a more efficient and user-friendly bus network," he said.
South Australia is in the middle of searching for an electronic ticketing system, as is NSW. Victoria has been ramping up its Myki roll-out. Brisbane has a working system.