Up to 15 Expressions of Interest have been submitted to the Public transport Ticketing Authority for the Integrated Ticketing system Sydney sorely needs. The group are:
Groups who submitted a tender are:
ACS Transport Solutions Inc - United States
Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH - Germany
Citigroup Consortium - Australia
Shanghai Huateng Software Systems
Consortium - China
D & R Technology Consortium – Australia
Snapper Consortium - New Zealand
e-Pay Australia – Australia
Sony Corporation - Japan
Glide Consortium - Australia
Telvent Australia - Australia
Hampstead Consulting – Australia
Wave Team - Australia
Indra Sistemas, S.A. Consortium - Spain
Zheng Guang Australia Consortium -
Pearl Consortium - Australia
So what will be the future of public transport ticketing? IPART has said in its Review of Cityrail fares 2009-12:
The new electronic fares will be structured to provide:
- consistent, mode-specific, distance-based fares
- automatic discounting to reward frequent public transport users
- differential pricing for peak/off-peak services.
IPART’s draft decision transitions CityRail’s fare structure towards a structure that is consistent with electronic ticketing. For example, the electronic ticketing single fare will be structured around a flag-fall ($2.50) and (9c)per kilometre charge.
IPART considers that there may be further opportunity to simplify the fare structure once electronic ticketing is introduced. Further reform, such as off-peak tickets for contra-peak journeys or services with significant excess capacity, as well as shoulder-period fares (for the periods adjacent to peak periods) may also be explored under electronic ticketing technology.
So will we have a integrated public transport system that is easy to use, and goes to where people want to go. Your guess, is as good as mine.