Nearly eight years after the introduction of the MyWay stored-value smartcard ticket system, Transport Canberra has installed Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) at bus stations as the first stage of the roll-out which will include all Canberra Metro tram stops.
The first four of these machines are located at City, Woden, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin Bus Stations. Although installed in October 2018, these machines were activated on 22 January 2019. A fifth machine is expected to be installed at Belconnen, although no date or location is known at this time.
The TVMs are the Astreo model from French company Parkeon, and were installed by Downer EDI. They operate using a touch screen and accept coins, bank notes and contactless payment cards (Visa and Mastercard) – making it now possible to purchase a bus ticket without using cash.
Meegan Fitzharris, Minister for Transport, announced the activation of the machines on Wednesday.
“You might have already seen these machines popping up around Canberra. I’m pleased to say they are now up and running and ready for use!,” Ms Fitzharris said via a Media Release.
“Commuters can use the machines to check the balance on their MyWay card, top up their MyWay card instantly, or purchase a single or daily adult or concession ticket.
“The ticket vending machines will also be available at all light rail stops, when operational.
“When using a Ticket Vending machine, you are also able to select from four languages, which are English, Arabic, Chinese and Italian.”
Once Canberra Metro is operational, paper tickets issued from buses and TVMs as well as MyWay cards can be used for travel on both Transport Canberra buses and trams.