NEW flexible fares and reusable electronic Tap and Ride cards on the Darwin and Alice Springs bus network will deliver a better travel experience for passengers, the Northern Territory Government said last week.
"This new ticketing system will give Territorians the opportunity to save money and will allow for better planning of public transport services," said Transport Minister Mr Styles said.
"The reusable Tap and Ride cards, are a faster and more convenient way of paying for your travel and regular commuters and concession card holders may find that they pay less than before.
"Fares will not increase and the card is rechargeable. You can top it up whenever you like at all bus interchanges and on buses. It is the same size as a credit card which easily fits into your wallet."
The Tap and Ride card is a plastic card with a computer chip that stores bus fare values or credits. It allows bus passengers to pay their fares by tapping the card on a new electronic card reader installed in every bus near the bus driver.
Mr Styles said improvements to the Darwin bus network have been an essential priority for him as Minister for Transport and the ticketing system is not the only advancement under way before Christmas for Territorians.
"To compliment the ticketing system the Department of Transport have also created the NT Bus Tracker app to help travellers plan their journey," Mr Styles said.
"You can locate the closest bus to you in real time, save the stops and routes you use regularly and search for the next available bus on its way to your current location.
"For those who want a one off bus ride, paper tickets will be issued so you do not require a Tap and Ride card. This ticketing system has great options that are flexible for each commuter."
Also last week, the NT Government announced the promotion of Matt Conlan to the Transport and Infrastructure portfolios, with Mr Styles promoted to Minister for Business.