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Four years and $270m later, Queenslanders still waiting to ditch their Go Cards

It was speculated to have already been rolled out throughout the state. As an alternative, a brand new public transport ticketing system that may carry Brisbane into line with Sydney and different world cities has progressed solely to its second south-east Queensland trial.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey introduced the $371 million “good ticketing” system in June 2018 as a part of that yr’s state funds, declaring it might be delivered in 4 years.

A smart ticketing reader, which allows people to tap on and off public transport using debit cards, credit cards and smart devices, as part of the Gold Coast tram trial.

A wise ticketing reader, which permits folks to faucet on and off public transport utilizing debit playing cards, bank cards and good units, as a part of the Gold Coast tram trial. Credit score:Cameron Atfield

If this had been profitable, thousands and thousands of commuters in SEQ and 18 regional areas would now have the choice of tapping on and off trains, buses and trams with their financial institution playing cards or good units as an alternative of utilizing the outdated Go Card.

Presently, the obvious signal of the rollout on the practice community is a trial between Brisbane’s Central Station and Ferny Grove. It started early final month.

The opposite trial, on the Gold Coast’s tram service, has been operating for greater than 18 months. In an announcement acknowledging hold-ups, Bailey stated preparations had additionally included the set up of 561 good ticketing validators throughout 136 SEQ practice stations and 230 gates throughout 19 stations.

Extra trials would start subsequent month and the federal government was “on monitor to have the system in place statewide by subsequent yr,” he stated.

The NSW authorities, which makes use of the identical developer as Queensland, started its first trial in July 2017 on the Manly Ferry. By November the next yr, it had rolled out its system throughout Sydney’s total practice community.

London has been utilizing contactless ticketing since 2014, and Bailey studied this first-hand as a part of a broader $36,000, four-night journey to Europe in 2019.

Regardless of utilizing the town, together with Chicago and Vancouver, to spruik the longer term Queensland system, he informed the Brisbane Occasions this week “evaluating Sydney or London’s system to Queensland is an apples and oranges situation”.

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