Fare deal too smart

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY - COLIN COULTHARD Goose­berry Hill

I was con­cerned to read the State Gov­ern­ment is to spend $34 mil­lion re­plac­ing the SmartRider public trans­port tick­et­ing sys­tem with tech­nol­ogy that al­lows pas­sen­gers to “tap and go” us­ing their bankcards and smart­phones (TST, Sept 10).

Many se­niors do not have (nor want) a smart­phone and I can­not see the banks mak­ing the changes to their debit and credit cards that would be re­quired to en­able them to per­mit this and count the free use of the var­i­ous trans­port sys­tems by se­niors as the cur­rent SmartRider/Se­niors Card does.

Per­haps our Trans­port Min­is­ter, Rita Saf­fi­oti, would like to al­lay any such fears se­niors may have re­gard­ing the pro­posed change.

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