The new MyWay smartcard ticketing system becomes fully live on ACTION buses from today, Paul Peters, Acting Executive Director, Transport and Infrastructure within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services has said.
“From today, MyWay cards and cash fares will be the only way to travel on an ACTION bus,” Mr Peters said. “The only exception will be students who hold a valid term ticket that they present to bus drivers.
“This is an exciting time for ACTION. MyWay will make bus travel easier and cheaper for the majority of Canberrans, while providing valuable planning data to help them improve the bus network.
“The ACT Government has conducted a staged roll-out of the MyWay system since February, which followed a user trial, to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
“This deliberately cautious approach is working, with over 28,000 journeys now being made each day using MyWay cards.”
MyWay cards are available at Canberra Connect Shopfronts, the MyWay Centres in Civic and Belconnen and recharge agents, with $20 pre-loaded cards also available from most existing ticketing agents.
They can also be purchased online at www.transport.act.gov.au and a 5% discount will be available for cards recharged via direct debit or BPAY.
Student cards need to be ordered online or by submitting an application at a MyWay Centre. Student MyWay cards cannot be bought from newsagents.
Any value remaining on old magnetic strip tickets can be transferred to new MyWay cards until Thursday 30 June 2011.
“The move to MyWay has been is a significant evolution for bus travel in the ACT and I thank all ACTION passengers for their patience while the new system has been implemented,” Mr Peters said.
For more information on MyWay visit www.transport.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10.