Contactless transport payments hit the road

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Bus customers will be able to tap their credit cards on Opal readers as a simple new way to pay under the NSW Government’s latest Australian-first innovation in transport payments.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance today announced contactless transport payments will be rolled out on Opal-enabled buses from August.

“Launching this technology on buses marks the final piece in the contactless payments puzzle and we expect all buses on the Opal network to be able to accept credit and debit cards by the end of September,” Mr Constance said.

There will also be more savings for existing customers who choose to tap on with their credit or debit card, with full fare parity with Adult Opal cards.

“A credit card will now qualify for the same fare and travel benefits of an Adult Opal card on trains, light rail, ferries and buses once fully-implemented.

“From tomorrow, the weekly travel reward, the transfer discount and off-peak pricing, will be available for all contactless transport payments. This is a huge win for regular commuters who now have another convenient payment option with all the benefits of Opal,” Mr Constance said.

Customers wanting to pay for their trip using contactless will continue to have the option to tap on and off using mobile wallets on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices that are linked to their American Express, Mastercard or Visa card.

“Opal remains the foundation for customers to access the transport network in a digital world and contactless transport payments are just another piece of our expansive Opal network,” Mr Constance said.

“For the NSW Government, the drive towards technology and digital products is part of turning Sydney into a smart city.

“In 2017, we became the first state to accept contactless transport payments and today only a handful of transport networks around the world offer similar options in this space.”

To date, 6.5 million contactless transport payments have been recorded across the Opal network – which is an average of one million a month, or roughly 250,000 per week.

ROLL OUT OF CONTACTLESS TRANSPORT PAYMENTS ON BUSES

(in order of location)

LOCATION

NUMBER OF BUSES

 

Outer Metro - Wollongong

 

16

 

Seven Hills

 

 

672

 

Blacktown

Further areas of Wollongong

 

 

513

 

Central Coast

Terrey Hills

Western Sydney

Inner West

 

 

1378

 

Hunter Valley

Newcastle

Leppington

Punchbowl

Burwood

 

 

1046

 

Campbelltown

Blue Mountains

Northshore, Eastern Suburbs & Inner west

 

 

1648