NEWS: Transport for NSW trials contactless payments on Manly ferries
July 07, 2017
A contactless payments trial is underway for travellers taking the ferry between Manly and Circular Quay.
Those making the trip on the Sydney Ferries F1 service from this week will be able to tap through barriers by using their Mastercard cards or smartphone wallets linked to Mastercard accounts.
The Transport for NSW trial is the first time contactless payments can be used on public transport in Australia.
Users are charged the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket, but won’t benefit from the Opal card’s daily or weekly fare caps. As with Opal cards, travelers can reverse their tap-on by tapping off again within 30 minutes.
In December last year Transport for NSW announced it had signed a $10.2 million contract with Cubic Transportation Systems Australia to “design, build and operate a contactless transport payment solution for a customer trial in 2017”.
Cubic successfully transitioned Transport for London's Oyster-card system – covering buses, tubes and ferries – to contactless in 2014, making it world’s largest contactless pay-as-you-go travel network.
The work there involved retrofitting 20,000 card readers as well as updating front and middle office systems to link with Transport for London's own back office system for processing payments, Cubic said.
Mastercard said it was working with more than 100 cities globally to enable contactless and mobile payments on public transport.
Most recently, the payments provider worked with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority to implement the first contactless ticketing payment program in the Asia Pacific region.
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