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RACQ has welcomed news ticketing technology was being trialed on Gold Coast trams that could give travellers more flexible payment options beyond Go Cards.

The Smart Ticketing Project was launched at Broadwater Parklands this week and would allow commuters to use their credit or debit card, phone or smart watch to tap on and off the tram line.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said travellers between Broadwater Parklands and Surfers Paradise would be able to make use of the technology initially, before it was rolled out across the G:Link network.

“This technology gives commuters more flexibility in how they pay. It’s also more user-friendly for tourists and people in town for business,” Dr Michael said.

“Similar systems have been used around the world, and brings Queensland into line with others like Sydney and London.

“The technology was trialled in some regional areas late last year, but this is the first TransLink network to trial smart ticketing.

“If this trial is successful, the rollout of the technology will progress to other modes across south ease Queensland and 18 regional urban centres by the end of 2022.”

Dr Michael said it was important the new system was incorporated with traditional options, so commuters could still use Go Card and tickets.

“We’re encouraging commuters to make the most of the new system and give it a go, but it’s important to note that not everyone will feel comfortable using it,” she said.

“In the future, the smart ticketing should hopefully enable new fare structures and bundles which will improve value for travellers.”