Sydney's Smart Card Wins Smart Infrastructure Award

Media Release


13 March 2014

Transport for New South Wales and the Pearl Consortium have won the 2014 Smart Infrastructure Award for their electronic transport ticketing system, the Opal Card project.

The award was presented by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss at the 2014 National Infrastructure Awards dinner hosted by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia last night (Wednesday, 12 March 2014).

“The Opal Card project is a worthy winner, with its smarter technologies contributing to better service outcomes,” Mr Truss said.

“The Opal Card project involved the introduction of an electronic transport ticketing system through the Greater Sydney region.

“It involved the design, development, supply, implementation, commissioning, operation and support of the smartcard based ticketing system.

“The system uses GPS technology to calculate the fare when the card is tapped on and off at card readers.

“While the immediate benefits for passengers are reduced fares and less queuing for tickets, there is a greater benefit in the provision of information about patronage, modes and routes for transport network planning.”

The smartcard will be used on trains, buses and ferries throughout Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands by the end of 2014 and on light rail in 2015.

Mr Truss said the Australian Government sponsored the Smart Infrastructure Project Award through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development as part of its commitment to delivering sustainable, efficient and safe infrastructure.

“The Australian Government is partnering with state, territory and local government, the research sector and industry to achieve infrastructure outcomes that support efficiency and economic benefits,” he said.

The Smart Infrastructure Award is included in Infrastructure Partnerships Australia's 2014 National Infrastructure Awards celebrating the success of the sector over the previous twelve months.