Feel like there are too many cards in your wallet? Sydneysiders may soon be able to shrink theirs a little, with the Commonwealth Bank confirming it is actively working to build cards that incorporate the sometimes controversial Opal smartcard for Sydney public transport.
At the official launch of the bank’s Innovation Lab in Sydney, bank executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said that the project was underway, though she didn’t give a timeframe. “We’ve been working closely with the Department of Transport and our vision is that you can use your ordinary credit card including your paytag to simply walk through the gates,” she said.
This concept has been tested elsewhere in the world — several UK banks offer cards with support for the Oyster card used in London, for instance. We’d expect other banks to get on board if this happens, and potentially for this to happen in other states too (though in the case of Myki in Victoria, the network itself needs to be improved first).