Brisbane Times reported Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey confirmed public testing for Queensland’s new smart ticketing would start in the second half of 2019.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club welcomed the new technology which would increase public transport patronage.
“Currently the system only allows users to pay with cash or via Go Card, which is quite restrictive, so enabling contactless payments through smartphones and credit cards will go a long way to making catching the bus, train or ferry more user-friendly – especially for visitors,” Ms Ross said.
“We’re very eager to see how the trial goes, because its important the transaction time for payment doesn’t slow boarding or contribute to delays.”
Ms Ross said it was imperative that the new technology was incorporated with the Go Card and regular ticketing rather than as a replacement.
“This technology, while fantastic, shouldn’t replace the existing systems because we wouldn’t want to disadvantage those who prefer to use traditional payment methods,” she said.
“It’s also important to ensure the new system allows the current fare model incentives and discounts to apply because we know many commuters rely on these to make travelling more affordable.”