More ways to pay on Gold Coast Light Rail

RACQ has urged commuters using Gold Coast Light Rail to try out new technology that will allow them to pay using smartphones, smartwatches, MasterCard or Amex from Monday.

The Courier Mail reported the first stage of the $371 million upgrade to the Go Card network would go live on Monday, before being rolled out fully across Queensland by the end of 2022.


RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club welcomed the introduction of the new smart ticketing system and looked forward to seeing it expand to trains, ferries and buses.


“Any move to make it easier for people to get out of their cars and onto public transport is a good one as this ultimately helps reduce congestion on our roads,” Dr Michael said.


Now more than ever our public transport network needs to be seamless and accessible to help encourage commuters back onto public transport, and not being required to have a loaded Go Card, a paper ticket or cash handy will assist with this.”


Dr Michael said the way consumers paid for goods and services had changed significantly since the Go Card was first introduced 10 years ago and commuters would now be able to tap and go with a credit or debit card like they did when buying a coffee.


“The current system is outdated, restrictive and doesn’t make things easy for visitors and tourists looking to get around,” she said.


“It’s important commuters remember to present only one card or device to pay with and make sure they tap on and off with the same payment method.”