New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

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New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby Mr OC Benz » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:48 pm

As has been mentioned briefly in other threads, this has just been posted a couple of minutes ago...

PTA wrote:The rebranding of TransAlbany buses includes new livery to make them more easily identifiable as a public transport service.

As part of the change, the Public Transport Authority is also introducing the SmartRider ticketing system on TransAlbany services, after similar and successful roll-outs in Bunbury in 2012, Kalgoorlie in 2010 and Busselton in 2009.

The PTA’s regional town bus manager Matthew Saliacus said that the rebranding of the buses and installation of SmartRider will have significant benefits to the people of Albany.

“These changes have been very successful in the other major regional centres, resulting in an increased public profile, community awareness and higher levels of patronage,” he said.

“SmartRider is still the only fully operational smartcard-based ticketing system in Australia and we now have more than 1.6 million cards operating in WA.”

On an average weekday our system records more than 750,000 tag on/tag off transactions,” he said.

To start using the SmartRider system, passengers simply need to purchase a card
($10 once-off fee for the card) from the Albany Retail Sales Office in Vine Street.

To use their card, passengers simply “tag on” when boarding a TransAlbany and “tag off” when alighting.

Mr Saliacus says SmartRider is a tried-and-tested system which allows passengers to get heavy discounts on their fare.

“In addition to the cost benefit to our passengers, Albany residents will now be able to travel seamlessly around Western Australia’s public transport network using their SmartRider card,” he said.

Mr Saliacus said it was important to note that many passengers’ existing timetables would not be affected.

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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby MTT384 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:06 pm

So another town succumbs to grey/green! As if rain-soaked York St needs drab buses too.

No doubt also to be replaced will be Loves antiquated MultiRiders.
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby 08 XDi » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:51 pm

PTA wrote:“SmartRider is still the only fully operational smartcard-based ticketing system in Australia...”


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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby busrider » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:05 pm

Well apart from Adelaide's Metrocard, Victoria's Myki, Queensland's GoCard, ACT's MyWay and Tasmania's GreenCard, that's totally correct...
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby JC2314 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:00 pm

PTA logic...
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby Mr OC Benz » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:08 pm

Depends how they define "fully operational" I guess.
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby howlerbus » Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:33 pm

busrider wrote:Well apart from Adelaide's Metrocard, Victoria's Myki, Queensland's GoCard, ACT's MyWay and Tasmania's GreenCard, that's totally correct...


Myki isnt quite fully operational, considering they scrapped paper tickets and Myki cant be used on long distance V/Line trains or any V/Line coaches.
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby busrider » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:42 am

The other ones still stand, perhaps they meant to say that SmartRider is the only fully operational smartcard ticketing system in Western Australia? :P
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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby Off The Rails » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:33 am

Maybe its due to parts being finalised on the other smartcard technology?

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Re: New TransAlbany buses get SmartRider technology

Postby 08 XDi » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:48 am

Off The Rails wrote:Maybe its due to parts being finalised on the other smartcard technology?

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Go card has been done since late 2008, so really only a year and a bit behind Smartrider.

The only significant expansion was just recently when the pre-existing ferry services in Moreton Bay run by TSA were brought onto the system. However, that is really no different to adding a new bus route or rail extensions here and there (eg Richlands branch, full extent of that branch to Springfield Central later this year, Gold Coast Rapid Transit etc) - it does not change the system's capabilities.
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