Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:39

CTS expands Opal card use to Manly Fast Ferry service.


Global transport solutions company Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) have expanded the Opal smart card ticketing system to Sydney’s Manly Fast Ferry service.

The expansion enables passengers to use the Opal card to pay for trips on the popular tourist route for the first time.   

“This is an extremely significant step in the evolution of the Opal card system and we are delighted that the Manly Fast Ferry service is the first in New South Wales to adopt Cubic’s open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which will pave the way for other third parties to leverage the Opal payments platform,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director of CTS Asia-Pacific.

“The Opal card has now evolved into a single payment card for mobility, with potential future applications across other modes of transportation in New South Wales, including rideshare.”  

Under the deal, the Manly Fast Ferry – a privately owned fleet operator independent from the TfNSW’s Manly Ferry service that is part of the existing Opal system – will now have an expanded range of ticketing options available to commuters, with the Opal card serving as another form of payment.

Opal card holders will be able to simply tap onto the service using the existing smart card ticketing installed on the fast ferry fleet.

Cubic says it has been working closely with TfNSW to develop interfaces that enable third parties to connect to the Opal system so that journeys can be paid for using the Opal card.
Cubic’s open APIs allow other companies using their own terminals and equipment to connect to the Opal payments system.


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