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Global payment solutions provider Mastercard has worked with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Road to enable contactless payments on the Gold Coast Light Rail network as part of a new smart ticketing solution.
A statement from Mastercard said this meant travellers on the network could use debit and credit cards or mobile wallets to pay for trips.
"Mastercard has worked closely with the Department of TMR Queensland on upgrading its network and is pleased to be a leading payment network within the initial trial demonstrating this innovative technology on the Gold Coast Light Rail," said Mike Rowe, vice-president, Acceptance Products, Mastercard.
"The launch is a significant step towards a more seamless experience for the people of Queensland and its visitors who can now simply tap their Mastercard card/wallet and receive an adult fare. Mastercard looks forward to continuing the partnership with the department and future expansion in 2021."
The ongoing trial is the first phase of an upgrade that will roll out smart ticketing across south-east Queensland and 18 regional and urban centres by the end of 2022.
"Around the world, Mastercard continues to combine data-driven insights with innovative technology to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable," said Rowe.
"Mastercard believes that these insights can help government bodies better understand how to make cities more efficient."
This article first appeared on www.itwire.com
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