The trial was introduced to bring contactless ticketing into Australia.
To date, more than 15,000 passengers have used their Mastercards to tap on and pay for travel across Sydney Harbour since the trial began on the Manly Ferry service in July 2017.
And with the contactless trial extension, customers will now also be able to use American Express and Visa cards to pay for their travel.
“The integration of contactless transport payments into the Opal ticketing system makes the purchasing of one-off fares quick, easy and seamless, providing choice and convenience to customers.”
Tom Walker, senior vice-president and managing director of CTS Asia-Pacific, said the trial had been a very important test for this “complex new technology and we are delighted that contactless will now be expanded further”.
According to CTS, contactless ticketing promises to bring major benefits for both consumers and operators, and the trial has demonstrated that the technology Cubic pioneered with Transport for London can be adapted to fit Australia’s unique environmental and regulatory conditions. Across London, more than 2.1 million journeys are now made using contactless ticketing on its bus, Tube and rail services every day.
CTS says open payment will not replace Opal, which is now used by nearly 14 million people a week, but will provide freedom of choice when it comes to paying for travel.
“Australians are keen adapters of technology and we expect to see a rapid adoption of contactless ticketing here,” said Walker.
“In addition, Cubic is continually evolving Opal to take advantage of best-of-breed technology developments that the company is investing in and deploying around the world.”