In 2010 Cubic, which has had a long history in providing automatic fare collection systems and services for public transport throughout the region, established a new Australasian headquarters in Sydney.
Cubic's first entry into the international marketplace occurred in 1976 when the company was awarded a contract from the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation. Since then, Cubic has delivered systems in Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur.
In the 1990s, Cubic won the contract to deliver the automatic fare collection system to RailCorp in Sydney, which included gates, vendors, booking office machines and a central data collection and reporting system. Since the system entered full operations, Cubic has continued to provide additional hardware and systems, along with field and workshop maintenance services that deliver high levels of availability to RailCorp and their customers.
In 2003 Cubic won the contract to supply the new go card smart card ticketing system for one of the geographically largest regional public transport systems in the world - South East Queensland, which covers an area of about 10,000 square kilometers.
After three years of operations, the system, which is based around the state capital of Brisbane, is field proven and provides world-class measures of system availability. Over two million go cards have been distributed, and go card was recently named as the best in Australia by the peak industry body, Tourism and Transport Forum.
Further south, the New South Wales (NSW) government, after a competitive tender, awarded the new smart card ticketing system for the greater Sydney area to the Cubic-led Pearl consortium in May 2010.
Cubic is now working closely with the NSW Government's Public Transport Ticketing Corporation designing and installing the new Opal Card ticketing system.
A phased implementation gets underway in late 2012, beginning with the Sydney Ferries fleet, and then is being rolled out to trains and buses. The system will provided integrated public transport over a large regional area, which extends from Sydney to the Central Coast (Newcastle and the Hunter Valley), to the Blue Mountains and Bathurst, along the South Coast to Nowra, and out to Goulburn in the Southern Highlands.