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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    1,000 volunteers to test new smart card

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, July 14, 2006

    1,000 volunteers to test new smart card

    Around 1,000 volunteers in the Redcliffe area will rigorously test TransLink’s new smart card before it is rolled out across south east Queensland.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas said the new smart card was a revolution in public transport that would deliver big benefits to millions of commuters.

    “Passengers can simply touch their smart card over a reader at the start and finish of each leg of their journey and the exact fare will be calculated and deducted from the card.

    “It’ll mean no more fumbling for small change – trips will be quicker and easier,” Mr Lucas said.

    Mr Lucas said the public transport volunteers would test smart card functions, such as touching on and off at card readers and adding value to their cards.

    “Eventually there will be more than 8,000 smart card readers across the TransLink network.

    "Customers who regularly travel on Hornibrook Bus Lines or Citytrain on trips that start and end at Petrie, Sandgate, Brunswick Street, Central or Roma Street station are part of the trial.

    “When the system has been fully rolled out, people will be able to add value to their card using cash or EFTPOS, fare machines, ticket offices, smart card retailers, over the phone or on the net.

    "Customers in the Redcliffe area are the first in south east Queensland to use the new system," he said.

    The customer trial follows field testing of smart card equipment by research staff.

    "We’re doing this so that we can iron out any glitches. We want to give people a world class system and I’ve made it clear that I expect 100% compliance,” he said.

    New smart card fare machines are now switched on at five pilot QR Citytrain stations – Petrie, Sandgate, Brunswick Street, Central and Roma Street.

    The volunteers can use the new fare machines to add value to their smart card and to check their card balance.

    The public can use the machines to purchase paper tickets using notes as well as coins. More than 15,000 paper tickets have already been bought from the vending machines.

    “While the software is undergoing rigorous testing, TransLink has rolled up its sleeves and installed smart card equipment at more than 100 railway stations.

    “Patrons would’ve noticed a growing number of these machines on their railway platforms,” Mr Lucas said.

    Hornibrook Bus Lines is taking part in the pilot and the entire Sunbus fleet has undergone pre-wiring for the onboard equipment.

    More than 360 buses in the Brisbane Transport fleet have been pre-wired and in some instances equipment has been installed.

    “Late last year, I told Parliament that we planned to have the smart card rolled out in south east Queensland by the end of 2006.

    “One thing I made clear at that time, and I’ll say it again: we want to make sure that the technology is absolutely, 100% to our satisfaction before we ‘go live’ and I make no apology for insisting on the best outcome for our public transport users.

    The Minister said TransLink and integrated ticketing covers one of the largest ticketing areas in the world.

    “That’s good news for the millions of public transport users. We want them to have the best system with the best technology and that’s why we want to get it right,” Mr Lucas said.

    For more information please visit the TransLink website at www.translink.com.au or call 1300 722 688

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