Why you shouldn't ditch your Go Card

UPCOMING changes to ticketing on public transport created some panic with speculation the Go Card system will be ditched.

Concerns over the confusion were raised in a letter to the editor published in Tuesday's QT.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has now confirmed there are no plans to remove Go Cards- introduced in 2008 - or paper tickets.

The move towards new ticketing options using wearable devices, including phones or bankcards, has been in the works since at least 2015. Limited details on the project have been made public.

A Main Roads spokesperson said the Next Generation Ticketing project was "an exciting chance to expand ticketing options" with new technologies.

They said incorporating new technologies would increase the number of options available when paying for the public transport.

"We are currently undertaking a competitive procurement process to get the best value for money and will announce the successful technology provider later in 2018," the spokesperson said.



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