Cubic Completes Opal Card Rollout on Sydney Ferries Network Four Months Early

Cubic Completes Opal Card Rollout on Sydney Ferries Network Four Months Early

Ferry commuters in Australia's largest city can now use the new Opal smart
card across the entire Sydney Ferries network, as the rollout of the city's
new ticketing system continues.

SYDNEY, Sept. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Ferry commuters in
Australia's largest city can now use the new Opal smart card across the entire
Sydney Ferries network, as the rollout of the city's new ticketing system
continues.

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the
completion of the ferry rollout on August 30, 2013, was a fantastic
achievement, coming four months ahead of schedule.

"This marks a significant milestone for the NSW Government, with ferries now
the first transport mode where Opal customers can catch any Sydney Ferries
service without worrying about queuing for a ticket or searching for coins,"
she said.

The successful rollout of Opal on the ferry network marks completion of an
important milestone for Cubic Transportation Systems, which is installing the
new electronic ticketing system with other members of the Pearl Consortium, a
range of contractors, and experts from Transport for NSW.

Cubic's Managing Director Tom Walker said it was gratifying to see the
progress that had been made in just nine months, since the first limited
trials of Opal began on a single ferry run on Sydney Harbour in early December
last year.

"A lot of work has happened behind the scenes to get to this stage and we are
very pleased with the results so far. Commuters can now use Opal seamlessly on
two transport modes – ferries and selected rail lines – with buses next to be
added to the network. Light rail will be the last to be fitted with Opal
equipment, with the entire project scheduled for completion in 2015," he said.

The new system is also being extended after a customer trial across the city's
passenger rail network and is now available on train stations from the CBD
north to Chatswood, in addition to the City Circle and east to Bondi Junction.

Minister Berejiklian said Opal was now available at 669 card readers across
the 40 wharves in Sydney servicing all 8 ferry routes and at 17 train stations
across the city. More than 20,000 Opal cards have now been ordered by
Sydneysiders, with more than 350,000 trips made.

"Under Opal we are offering cheaper fares for customers across the ferry and
train networks, plus rewards for frequent travel," she said.

The rollout will be completed across more than 300 train stations and on more
than 5000 buses by the end of 2014.

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 secure
communications systems. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of
training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for
U.S. and allied nations.

Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is a leading integrator of payment and
information solutions and related services for intelligent travel
applications. Cubic delivers integrated systems for transportation and traffic
management, delivering tools for travelers to choose the smartest and easiest
way to travel and pay for their journeys, and enabling transportation
authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation
network – all in real-time. 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
http://www.cubic.com.

Contacts:
John MacGregor
Managing Director MPR
PH: 61-2-9969-3600
Cell: 61-414-445-447
jmac(at)macpr.com.au

Timothy A. Hill
Director of Corporate Communications
Cubic Corporation
PH: 858-505-2430
Cell: 858-232-2927
timothy.hill(at)cubic.com

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         Timothy Hill
         timothy.hill@cubic.com
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