From tomorrow (Monday, 29 July) commuters using their credit card or mobile device to ‘tap on and off’ Opal enabled train, light rail, Sydney Metro, and ferry services will receive the same Opal travel benefits as they would using their adult Opal card.
This is an extension to the contactless transport payments trial run by Transport for NSW in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, Cubic and Mastercard. The trial is also extending to the Sydney bus network in a staged roll-out over the coming months.
CBA has developed the core payment infrastructure, and the bank plays a key role as the acquirer, and back-end processor of transactions.
All scheme cards (Mastercard, Visa and AMEX) are accepted, and commuters using contactless payments will now also receive the Opal travel benefits, including:
- Daily, weekly and Sunday travel caps in line with Opal caps
- Weekly travel reward (half price after eight trips)
- The Opal transfer discount
- Off-peak pricing for train travel
CBA’s Executive General Manger of Business Customer Solutions, Clive Van Horen, said: “The demand for contactless payments and the use of digital wallets is growing at pace, so we are thrilled to continue our ongoing partnership with Transport for NSW to launch one of the largest integrated consumer payments networks in Australia with over 21,000 payment devices.
“What was previously a transit gate is now essentially a payment terminal, demonstrating yet another example of how technology is enabling faster and more convenient experiences for the community and smarter, more connected cities.”
The trial has the potential to be replicated to other transport networks across Australia.
For more information about the contactless transport payment trial visit transportnsw.info.