Let's learn from the bitter experience of the expensive "SMART-card" farce in Australia, with this timely report from Adam Butler:
Millions will be wasted on ticketing system
The NSW State Government just doesn't get it. They seem to think that it is OK to spend millions of dollars on a TICKETING SYSTEM. One that will not attract more customers or increase the capacity of the transport network. Read more here....
Relieving the state of the burdens associated with running a user-pays system by having free public transport will see us more forward in leaps and bounds....if only they'd get their hands out of their pockets and open their eyes.