Local commuters using buses and the Redcliffe and Caboolture rail lines can soon use their smart phones and smart watches to pay for trips.
“go card has served South-East Queensland commuters well for the last decade, but we are now delivering a new payment system with more flexibility, increased accessibility and security,” said Chris Whiting.
“Having a more convenient payment system will also encourage more people to use public transport.
“Commuters will be able to set up an account via a new app or web platform and have the choice of several payment methods — including go card and paper tickets.
“They will also be able to use major contactless credit and bank cards without the need to set up an account.
“This is about embracing technologies that have become available since the go card launched in 2008.
“It took a Labor Government to modernise and integrate ticketing across South East Queensland, and the Palaszczuk Labor Government will now again transform the system by delivering this new ticketing solution,” said Chris Whiting.
Chris Whiting said the new system would be an Australian first, building on proven technology used by millions of people in London, Chicago and Vancouver.
Current go card operator Cubic will deliver the new system in 18 regional areas and the metropolitan south east.
The new system would also include additional encrypted bank grade security and privacy protection for commuters.