Twenty percent of Canberra’s bus patrons have begun using ACTION’s new smartcard ticketing system, MyWay since the cards were made available to the general public two weeks ago.

In raw figures, that equates to approximately 12,000 passengers. According to TAMS Director of Transport Planning, Paul Peters, around 30,000 passengers catch a bus in Canberra each day.

Passengers can continue to use the current magnetic tickets until early next month. From 11 April, only MyWay or cash will be accepted forms of payment for a trip on the bus however any unused value on magnetic tickets after that date can be transferred to a MyWay card.

MyWay’s fare schedule offers a saving over cash fares, and a further 5% discount can be achieved by topping up a card via direct debit or BPay. Mr Peters told ABC News that the discounted fares offered by MyWay will result in an increase in bus patronage and added “We need to review that after April 10, but that might be somewhere in the order of 5 per cent, something like that.”

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