Translink prepares to revolutionise Go Card

By: Graham Gardiner


Queensland’s Translink is preparing to revolutionise its already highly popular Go Card with plans to make it bank-card and student

Queensland’s Translink is preparing to revolutionise its already highly popular Go Card with plans to make it bank-card and student ID card compatible in 2010.

Preliminary discussions are under way with Griffith University and some banks regarding potential options to expand the use of the smart card.

However, Translink says its priority is to add additional fare products and automatic top-up options by the end of the year.

It is focused on educating Go Card users on the usability and cost benefits of the system before progressing to other products.

Launched a year ago, the Go Card has been well received as a unifying ticket option by bus and train commuters across South East Queensland.

Translink recently issued its 300,000th Go Card on March 22, and has almost reached the milestone of 1 million trips each week.

Although different options can be loaded onto the card, Translink says there are no plans to change the transport function of the card.

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