Cubic Announces 10,000 Opal Cards Milestone for Sydney
SYDNEY, Australia, July 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Sydney's new
Opal smart card for public transport reached another major milestone, with
more than 10,000 cards issued since customer trials began by Transport for New
South Wales and Cubic Transportation Systems. The new system, being installed
by the Cubic-led Pearl Consortium, is being progressively rolled out across
ferries, trains, buses and light rail in the greater Sydney area. By 2015 the
Opal system will cover 42 ferry wharves, more than 300 train stations and more
than 5,000 buses and light rail systems.
Cubic Transportation Systems' managing director for Australasia, Tom Walker,
said it is gratifying to see how enthusiastically Sydneysiders have adopted
the new Opal card.
"We are delighted with the uptake of the Opal card and the benefits it is
already providing to Sydney commuters," said Walker. "Behind the scenes
there's a massive amount of work being done by a small army of specialists
from Cubic and others members of the Pearl Consortium, Transport for New South
Wales and contractors to make sure we deliver this landmark project on time
and on budget."
Figures just released by the New South Wales Transport Minister, Gladys
Berejiklian, show that commuters have made more than 100,000 trips using the
new adult Opal card to date. The Opal website, which was launched at the
beginning of June this year, has already recorded approximately 100,000
Commuters are also enthusiastically embracing the new technology available.
Minister Berejiklian said 90 percent of customers were registering for a card
online instead of by phone, and more than 70 percent were opting for the auto
Sydney commuters first began using the Opal card last December, when commuter
trials started on the short Neutral Bay ferry run.
Earlier this year the trials were extended to include the Manly ferry service,
which accounts for approximately 40 percent of the 15 million passengers
carried on the entire Sydney ferry fleet each year.
A major spike in the number of cards in circulation occurred last month, when
trials began on the rail system, on the City Circle and stations to Bondi
Junction. The trains are the backbone of Sydney's public transport network,
carrying about 1.5 million passengers a day, and more than 304 million a year.
About Cubic Transportation Systems
Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is part of Cubic Corporation. Cubic
Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments: Defense
Systems, Mission Support Services and Transportation Systems. Cubic Defense
Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and defense
electronics. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training,
operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for U.S. and
Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is a leading integrator of payment and
information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic
delivers integrated solutions that help transport operators manage their
operations and services and give passengers choices in the smartest and
easiest ways to pay their fares. Cubic specializes in design, development,
manufacture, supply, installation, integration, services and information.
Services provided by Cubic include on-site management, central systems,
operations support, patron support, business support and field services.
Every year, nearly 7 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic payment and
information systems. Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 major markets
on five continents. Active projects include London; Brisbane (Southeast
Queensland) region, Australia; New York/New Jersey region; Washington, D.C
/Baltimore/Virginia region; Los Angeles region; San Diego region; San
Francisco region; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; Atlanta region; Miami (South
Florida) region; Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada; Sydney (New South Wales),
Australia; Germany; and Scandinavia.
For more information about Cubic, see the company's website at
Timothy A. Hill
Director of Corporate Communications
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