The South Australian state government late last week called for companies to express their interest in building its planned new public transport ticketing system.
Patrick Conlon (Credit: Government of South Australia)
"Getting the ticketing system right is a key component of this
government's $2 billion public transport revolution announced in
this year's state budget," the state's Transport Minister Patrick Conlon
said in a statement on Friday.
The smart card technology, which works by touching a card to a
reader to deduct a fare electronically, will be installed in around
1,000 vehicles and numerous transport facilities across
When announcing the expressions of interest process, Conlon alluded to
problems other states have had with similar systems, such as NSW's Tcard recently being
and returning in an expressions of interest process
last month, and Victoria's
Myki running over budget and behind schedule.
"We've seen the process go wrong in other states at a huge cost
and we've learned valuable lessons," he said. Inspiration could
come from Brisbane's go card or Perth's
SmartRider projects, which are working smart card systems.
The government has not rushed into going to market for the system. When
the plan to move to electronic ticketing was
announced, the South Australian government had been
working on the specifications for the ticketing system for over a
The expressions of interest advertisements have been placed in
the media and will be lodged on the government's tendering website
expressions of interest stage will close on 25 November, although
the proposals will not be evaluated until 2009.