Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:20

Sydney commuters set to receive more benefits using contactless payments

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Sydney public transport commuters using their credit card or mobile device to ‘tap on and off’ Opal enabled train, light rail, Sydney Metro and ferry services are set to receive the same Opal travel benefits as they would using their adult Opal card.

The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) announced on Sunday an extension, to take effect from Monday, to the contactless transport payments trial run by Transport for NSW in partnership with the bank and Mastercard.

The bank says the trial will also be extended to the Sydney bus network in a staged roll-out over the coming months.

CBA has developed the core payment infrastructure, and says the bank plays a key role as the acquirer, and back-end processor of transactions.

Under the changes to the transaction system, all scheme cards - Mastercard, Visa and AMEX - are accepted, and commuters using contactless payments will now also receive the Opal travel benefits, including:

• Daily, weekly and Sunday travel caps in line with Opal caps
• Weekly travel reward (half price after eight trips)
• The Opal transfer discount
• Off-peak pricing for train travel

CBA executive general manager of business customer solutions, Clive Van Horen, said: “The demand for contactless payments and the use of digital wallets is growing at pace, so we are thrilled to continue our ongoing partnership with Transport for NSW to launch one of the largest integrated consumer payments networks in Australia with over 21,000 payment devices”.

“What was previously a transit gate is now essentially a payment terminal, demonstrating yet another example of how technology is enabling faster and more convenient experiences for the community and smarter, more connected cities.”

CBA says the trial has the potential to be replicated to other transport networks across Australia.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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