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Smartcard chaos comes to Canberra

By johnboy 28 April 2010 41

Surely it is with some trepidation that the Chiefly Stanhope announces that ACTION is moving towards smartcards on the bus system.

There’s nothing wrong with smartcards per se. Being able to swipe the whole wallet is great. As is topping them up over the net from our iPhones.

The problem is that the system will also require callow youth and dopey commuters to remember to swipe the card as they get off the bus.

Even assuming the technology works flawlessly (stop sniggering up the back there) we look forward to a deluge of stories about how the writer’s precious child couldn’t possibly have forgotten to swipe off 20 times.

The trial will start in August. But we all know trials in this town are conducted after the decision is made.

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bethybobs 5:55 pm 04 May 10

Seriously people will get used to this system just as they got used to the last system. I have been in both Singapore and Hong Kong and their elderly public transport patrons seem quite able to cope with the simple task of swiping a card on entry and exit.
I also agree that it is unlikely that there will be much of a problem when swiping off as Canberra only has the one fare at the moment. But also once you are hit with an extra charge you will learn and remember for next time. Its not that difficult.
I am actually excited to see how this pans out.

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