Auckland Transport has signed a participation agreement with Thales, NZ Bus and Snapper for the introduction of a single smart card for use on NZ Bus services as part of the Auckland Integrated Ticketing program.
According to Auckland Transport’s Chief Executive, David Warburton, new interoperable equipment will be deployed onto NZ Bus services early next year. Customers of North Star, Waka Pacific, Go West and Metrolink will also be able to use the contactless smart card, which will launch Auckland Transport’s Integrated Ticketing brand.
With the help of Thales, Aukland Transport also plans to expand the Integrated Ticketing system to rail and ferry services in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Thales’ system, which is based on open architecture in use in Dubai and Netherlands, is designed to be open, enabling third parties to connect to Auckland Transport’s central system.
“This will be linked to the launch of a travel product specifically for visitors to Auckland which will make public transport an attractive option during the period of the Rugby World Cup. We will be announcing further details of this and other initiatives over the coming months,” adds Warburton.