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Mastercard enables contactless payments across Sydney busses, fare parity introduced

July 30, 2019 Financial No Comments Email Email

Bus customers will be able to tap their credit cards on Opal readers as a simple new way to pay under the NSW Government’s latest Australian-first innovation in transport payments.

Announced today, contactless transport payments, the technology allowing credit cards to be tapped at Opal readers, will be rolled out on Opal-enabled buses from August. In a further development, it has been announced that more savings for existing customers who choose to tap on with their credit or debit card, with full fare parity with Adult Opal cards

Commenting on the rollout of contactless payments to Opal-enabled busses across Sydney from August, and the introduction of fare parity for customers using their credit or debit card or contactless enabled device, Mastercard Vice President, Product Management, Mike Rowe said:

“Mastercard and Transport for NSW have worked closely together over the past few years, to make the commuter journey as simple as possible for public transport users. The announcement today that contactless payments will begin rollout on Opal-enabled buses means that by the end of September, consumers will be one step closer to a seamless commute. 

Mastercard was the first payments technology network provider to work with Transport for NSW on the initial trial of contactless transport, and with the introduction of fare parity and the announcement of the bus rollout today, we look forward to continuing to make Australian cities better connected. 

The announcement not only benefits regular commuters, but also creates an inviting transport network for occasional users and international and interstate travellers, addressing the transport challenges frequently faced by cities. This is just one of the ways Mastercard is offering insights, technology and expertise to Sydney and cities across the world to help make them more inclusive and sustainable.“

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