ITS Australia member, Cubic Transportation Systems has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate the new ticketing system as part of Queensland’s $371 million investment in ticketing.
“Cubic will be responsible for upgrading the current system to incorporate some of the world’s most advanced ticketing technologies including contactless payment, and next generation real time passenger information. Operation and maintenance of the system are also included in the agreement. The new system will enable Queensland commuters to use bankcards, mobile phones and personal electronic devices including watches to pay for travel on public transport.”
The Hon. Mark Bailey, MP – Minister for Transport and Main Roads (QLD), also made the following announcement:
“The Palaszczuk Government is modernising transport across the Sunshine State, and will soon roll out a new system where commuters will be able to use their contactless debit or credit cards, smart phones and smart watches to pay for trips in addition to go card and paper tickets, with $371.1 million committed in this year’s budget.
Importantly, regional Queensland will not be left behind, with current go card operator Cubic, due to deliver the new system in 18 regional areas, as well as the metropolitan south east, after being selected as the successful tenderer following a competitive global procurement process.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government had allocated $371.1 million to roll out the system including new readers, quicker fare gates and system equipment, an updated app platform, real-time and new ticketing equipment on urban buses.
“The new ticketing system is an exciting chance to expand our ticketing options and to give public transport customers more flexibility, and in this year alone we have allocated nearly $90 million to get this project underway,” he said.
“I am very excited about this project, and to be able to announce the successful proponent – Cubic – today.””