Passenger Rail, Technology and IT

Chair appointed to Qld’s smart ticketing panel

A lead transport partner from KPMG has been appointed to help direct the Queensland Government’s development of a smart ticketing system for public transport.

KPMG’s national lead partner for infrastructure, government and healthcare Paul Low has been appointed as the chair of the Palaszczuk Government’s new Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel, which is to provide expert advice on transport fares, products and ticketing.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares Policy has slashed how much it costs to take public transport, saving Queenslanders more than $153 million and leading to a record 182 million trips last year,” transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey said on June 14.

“As we head for another record in patronage and invest more than $370 million for Australia’s first smart ticketing system, Paul Low and the panel will provide valuable and specialised knowledge to look at additional ways we can make the public transport experience even better.”

Bailey said the remaining expert panel members would be appointed in the weeks ahead, and their first meeting would be held in July.

“Our smart ticketing project will mean all Queenslanders will have access to innovative public transport technology, unlike the traditional GoCard, which is currently restricted in where it can be used,” Bailey added.

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