26 September 2023

‘Tap and Pay’ to make the day on Metro transport

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Adelaide Metro has unveiled new ways to pay on its trams, buses, and O-Bahns saying its ‘tap and pay’ systems are a network-wide ticketing upgrade designed to make public transport simpler, safer and easier to use.

According to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, the new ticketing upgrade will make public transport more accessible by offering customers easier ways to pay.

“Adelaide Metro successfully trialled contactless electronic Mastercard and Visa payments on trams in 2020,” the Department said.

“Now that the option is being added to O-Bahn buses, the next stage will be to extend Tap and Pay options across all buses, followed by the train network.”

It said that according to Adelaide Metro, ‘Tap and Pay’ is an easy option for those who use public transport infrequently, as customers can simply pay with their credit or debit card.

It said ‘Tap and Pay’ fairs cost the same amount as the metroCARD fare, so it is cheaper than a regular MetroTicket but can cost more than a concession or student fare or a 14-day or 28-day pass on a metroCARD.

The Department said that if a traveller needed to transfer to a different bus or train service, Adelaide Metro ‘Tap and Pay’ may not be their best option as the ticket is only valid for two hours from the time it is first tapped.

It considered however that MetroCARD remained the best option for regular commuters, especially those eligible for a concession fare or need to transfer between buses, trams and trains.

“Seniors Card is the best option for eligible seniors, offering free travel with Adelaide Metro at all times,” the Department said.

“Adelaide Metro ‘tap and pay’ is being introduced to Adelaide’s public transport network in stages and is currently only available on trams, O-Bahn buses and outbound trains.”

More information on Metros tickets and fares can be accessed at this PS News link.

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