SA on track for new smartcards

South Australia’s smartcard ticketing trial has entered its final stages

September 26, 2012

South Australia’s smartcard ticketing trial has entered its final stages, with 7,000 commuters now trialling the Metrocard ahead of its public release later this year.

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Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox says after completion of the Metorcard pilot program, which includes in-house testing at the Netley facility, the smartcard technology will be publicly available.

"We currently have about 10,000 people using the new Metrocard – 7,000 of those registered trial participants," she says.

"This trial, along with our own extensive testing, will ensure any issues are addressed before the cards are fully released to the general public."

Metrocard’s public release will be accompanied by instructional videos online at the Adelaide Metro website, letters and educational flyers to let people know how to use the cards.

Since the trial commenced in early 2012 Metrocard equipment has been installed on all trains, buses and trams on the Adelaide metropolitan network.

There has also been more than 27 million magnetic ticket validations and 400,000 Metrocard validations on the new dual validators.

Almost $500,000 has so far been loaded onto Metrocards at participating trial outlets, including the Info Centres and 115 Metrocard Agents.

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