Metro Tasmania launches Launceston 'Greencard

By: Jason Whittaker


Tasmanian operator Metro launched a new electronic ticketing system in Launceston yesterday (August 31, 2009). The new system includes a credit

Tasmanian operator Metro launched a new electronic ticketing system in Launceston yesterday (August 31, 2009).

The new system includes a credit card-sized smart card and readers.

The Launceston launch follows the successful introduction of the new system in Burnie. The new system will be introduced in Hobart on 13 September.

Tasmania Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Michelle O’Byrne, says the new smart card, called the Metro Greencard, is designed to make travelling on Metro buses easier.

"The Metro Greencard contains an electronic ‘purse’ that can be added to in a number of ways," she says.

"The cost of the trip is deducted from the card’s ‘purse’ whenever a passenger travels on a Metro bus."

Under the new system, Metro customers will need to register for a Metro Greencard.

Once issued, registered Greencards can be recharged at www.metrotas.com.au, on the bus (minimum recharge of $5 and $1 increments thereafter) and at Greencardagencies.

Greencard customers receive travel credits rather than discounts. To receive 25 percent additional travel credits, minimum recharges of $10 apply for students, $15 for concession card holders and $20 for full fare passengers.

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