Go Card trial a goer: RACQ

RACQ has welcomed a new trial to allow commuters to pay for public transport using bank cards, smart phones and smart watches, claiming it would make it easier for anyone to use services.

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The Courier Mail reported the trial was expected to begin later this year after $371 million was yesterday committed in the State Budget to refine the service.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it would be a win for commuters and those visiting from interstate.

“The current system only allows people to pay with Go Cards or cash which is quite restrictive. A shift to a contactless system using technology like smart phones will make public transport more user-friendly,” Ms Smith said.

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Ms Smith said it was important to note the move would not signal the end of the Go Card or physical ticket for casual users.

“We need to make sure the system will still cater for those who don’t have a credit card or access to a mobile phone – we don’t want to see anyone disadvantaged or discouraged from using public transport.”

Ms Smith said making public transport more accessible would encourage more people to use it.

“We support measures that helped encourage people to get out of their cars and onto buses trains and ferries. Having more people catching public transport will reduce congestion on our roads,” she said.

“It’s a good plan that our members have been calling for and it’ll lead to a user-friendly cost-effective solution that travellers will actually want to use.”