Australia: Go Card Goes Multi-Platinum with Issue of Two Millionth Card

BRISBANE, Qld., June 9 -- The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Transport and Multicultural Affairs issued the following media statement:

Go card has just gone multi-platinum with the issue of the two millionth card this week.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the milestone was achieved with the support of the many retailers who were an important part of the largest smart card retail network in Australia.

"There has been significant investment across the go card distribution network resulting in a 150 per cent growth in the past 18 months," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"The support of our retail agents is vital to the continued success of go card and we are celebrating the two million milestone by recognising our highest performing go card retailers.

"These retailers are the face of our go card service and it is their smiles that people see as they buy or top up their cards."

Ms Palaszczuk said go card growth has led to improvements to the public transport network.

"The travel data provided by go card is helping us provide more frequent and reliable public transport, including the 150,000 weekly train seats and 50,000 additional weekly bus seats as a result of new timetabling this week," she said.

Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace, who has lobbied heavily for more go card retail outlets, said the product is now easily available to commuters.

"There are now 560 locations to buy a go card and more than 1500 places where you can top-up a go card," she said.

"It's important our public transport network is easily accessible for commuters and that means the go card must be easily accessible as well."

Managing Director of go card delivery partner Cubic Australasia, Matt Cole, said the Queensland Government and TransLink deserved congratulations for the two millionth go card milestone.

"Cubic is delighted to have played a part in the success of the go card system, which richly deserves the title awarded last year as the best smartcard ticketing scheme for public transport in Australia," Mr Cole said.

Other recent milestones for the go card include:

*used for more than 3 million trips each week

* used for more than 80 per cent of weekday travel on the TransLink network

* more than 500,000 registered go cards

* more than 100,000 customers using auto top-up. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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