Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has today announced that it is expanding its Contactless Transport Payments Trial to add American Express and Visa; Mastercard has been live since the trial started last July. TfNSW has also announced that the trial is being extended from the Manly Ferry to all Sydney Ferries and to the L1 Dulwich Hill Light Rail.
Customer feedback on the trial to date has been extremely positive, with users finding the new payment method intuitive and easy to use. The trial enables Sydney commuters to use their contactless payment cards (or devices, such as a smartphone or wearable) to pay for transit just as they would for any other purchase made with their contactless debit or credit card.
The trial will continue to run through 2018 to allow TfNSW to gather data to inform decisions around any further expansion of contactless payments on other services and modes of transport.
In parallel to the trial, AusPayNet has, in collaboration with the payments industry and transport authorities, produced an Open Loop Transport Payments Framework. This can be used by transport authorities and/or local transport operators in Australia when looking at implementing open loop contactless (EMV) payments. As well as NSW, other initiatives underway include:
Our Framework is designed to ensure a consistent consumer ticketing experience and is intended to help the transport authorities and their partners in implementing open loop.
A Considerations document and a Use Case document have also been produced to be used in conjunction with our Framework, whereby:
These documents are available to interested parties who are working with local transport authorities or operators.
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