Eric Charlton

Eric Charlton

Former Minister for Transport

    WA ticket validating machine system for Canberra buses

    31/05/1993 12:00 AM
     

    31/5/93
     
    Canberra buses will soon be using a ticket validating system manufactured in Perth.
     
    Transport Minister Eric Charlton said the decision by Canberra's public transport operator, ACTION, would see the creation of up to 20 jobs in Perth.
     
    "ACTION has chosen to install Wayfarer ticket validating machines on its buses - the same type of system Transperth is switching to," he said.
     
    "The Wayfarer system is English, but under a countertrade agreement arranged by the Department of Commerce and Trade, the machines will be manufactured by the Magellan Group of companies in Canning Vale for supply to Canberra."
     
    Magellan has a proven record in manufacturing electronic devices for other international companies, and is also involved in the manufacture of Wayfarer machines for the Transperth network.
     
    Installation of the Wayfarer system in Perth is progressing and Transperth expects all its 900 buses and 26 Fastrak stations will have the system by the end of this year.
     
    The purchase contract by ACTION is worth about $3 million and ACTION hopes to have the system in place by July next year.
     
    "Wayfarer is the world's most used on-bus ticketing system," Mr Charlton said.
     
    "Transperth's decision to use it was taken after an in-depth evaluation of the options to replace the outdated on-vehicle system.
     
    "Wayfarer was deemed technically superior, lower in cost to run and it was the preferred option of Transperth bus operators."
     
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