western sydney collaborates on global city initiative

Some of the models that epitomise the advantages of city-to-city collaboration are through public transit, social benefits and a unified access to municipal services.

Mastercard assisted Transport for London in 2014 to transform its ticketing system, introducing contactless payment to create a ticketless payment system.

TFL found that the current standard, the Oyster card, was causing a bottleneck with in excess of 500,000 cards issued every month which incurring hefty bills for those purchasing, preparing and distributing new cards, as well as substantial costs to maintain top-up kiosks and collect cash from stations.

“We wanted to give people the independence to pay for transit in exactly the same way they pay for everything else, with the product that’s already sitting in their pocket,” London Transport director of customer experience Shashi Verma said.

Cities around the world including Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver, Boston and New York have since adopted the same global standard.

Earlier this year, Campbelltown council released plans to reshape the south-west regional centre as a “true metropolitan CBD” to cater for population growth.

“Our city’s population is expected to double over the next 20 years,” Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic said.

“We are already taking steps to ensure we are ready to accommodate the needs of our growing community including planning for jobs, transport, housing and digital inclusion.”

“Collaborating with other cities will enable Campbelltown to learn from their experiences, share our own expertise and benefit from the economies of scale that come with sharing solutions to the challenges faced in all countries across an increasingly urbanised world.”

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