Management & Operations

Cubic completes Australia's Opal smart card system

Posted on December 11, 2014


Cubic Transportation Systems, a business segment of Cubic Corp., is celebrating the early completion of Sydney’s Opal contactless smart card ticketing system across all transport modes and connecting multiple operators.

On Dec. 1, the New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced the Opal rollout on trains, buses, ferries and light rail for the greater Sydney region had been completed months ahead of schedule.

Minister Berejiklian said more people are using public transport thanks to Opal, with weekend patronage on trains up almost 12% and customers no longer standing in lengthy and frustrating Monday morning train station ticket queues every week.

RELATED: As Mobile Ticketing Makes Strides, E-fare Tech Ramps Up

The contract to build the new Electronic Ticketing System (ETS) — later branded as the Opal Card — was awarded to the Cubic-led Pearl consortium in 2010.

By December 2012, trials for the new smart card ticketing system began on a single ferry service in Sydney and the system was then rolled out progressively across the entire ferry, train, bus and light rail network. During that time 39,000 pieces of complex electronic devices were installed, linking 5,000 buses, 308 train stations, 40 ferry wharves and 23 light rail stops to the Cubic-designed central computer system that controls the ticketing network.

With completion of delivery, Cubic has commenced operation and maintenance of the Opal system under the 10-year services agreement that is part of the original contract.

More than 1.4 million Opal cards have been distributed and 20 million free trips taken under the weekly reward scheme where after eight paid journeys the rest are free and the daily fare is capped.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Cubic, Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra mobile app hits 2M downloads

The Ventra app, developed and launched by Cubic, CTA, and its transit partners in November 2015, is a free, first-of-its kind, truly regional transit application in the U.S. that allows customers to plan, manage, and pay for their journeys across three transit systems from their mobile devices

Cleveland RTA brands 2 HealthLine BRT stops

Colorful artwork and depictions of area museums are included in the new designs that embellish the stations.

MARTA's Parker among Atlanta's 'Most Admired' CEOs

This distinction by The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognizes Atlanta’s leading executives in various industries and professional disciplines, according to the publication.

USSC names midwestern regional sales manager for U.S.

As part of the North American Transit Sales Team, Sonny Gordon joins the organization with 20 years of experience in the industry.

Metra picks Derwinski to lead agency as CEO

The current chief mechanical officer oversees 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of nearly 1,200 railcars and locomotives.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close