Residents of Canberra, Australia, may soon be able to use their local transit smartcards to pay for bicycle lockers and parking throughout the city.
According to the TechWorld Australia, the city's public transportation smartcard program has expanded rapidly in recent month. Following a six-month trial deployment, the technology has been adopted by more than 86,000 residents and accounts for more than 70,000 transactions daily. City officials are looking for ways to build on the success of the popular smartcards.
The smartcard may be able to expand its role as a driver of more environmentally-friendly travel if it can be incorporated into an existing bike storage practice.
"The (current system) allows people to secure their bikes for free," municipal services director Simon Corbell told the news source. "People could access the lockers through swipe-card activation."
The city is also hoping to implement smartcard parking meters that would eliminate the hassle of carrying coins and acquiring needless tickets. Aside from the clear advantages to residents, program administrators will also benefit from an expanded smartcard system.
By analyzing the wealth of information generated through transactions, transportation officials will be able to monitor trends and adapt their services for greater efficiency.
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