Contactless promises to bring major benefits for both consumers and operators, and the trial has demonstrated that the technology Cubic pioneered with Transport for London can be adapted to fit Australia's unique environmental and regulatory conditions.
The previous trial of the technology on ferries between Circular Quay and Manly is today being extended to all ferries as well as light rail services between Central Station and Dulwich Hill, with trains expected to gain access to the contactless payment system by the end of this year.
Commuters who have linked their Visa, Mastercard or American Express card to a mobile device can travel for the cost of a single trip, but they will not get the caps and discounts that come with the Opal card.More news: Myanmar militarises Rakhine state after ethnic cleansing of Rohingya
Regular passengers will still be able to use their Opal cards.
"It's created to be be able to be convenient for tourists, for those who left their Opal at home, it's about convenience", Mr Constance said.
Travellers can use their plastic as an alternative to a single Adult Opal trip on transport services running to 57 locations across the city, including Manly, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, the International Convention Centre, Star Casino and Sydney Fish Markets.
"(It) is created to be convenient for tourists and for those who might have left their Opal card at home".More news: Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Open payment will not replace Opal, which is now used by almost 14 million people a week but will provide freedom of choice when it comes to paying for travel.
"Contactless transport payments make purchasing one-off fares quick, easy and seamless", he said.
Commuters can use their credit card or smartphone to pay for their fare.
"After overwhelmingly positive customer feedback, were adding more services, more modes and more card providers", 9News reported Constance as saying. Around 40 percent of pay-as-you-go travel in London is now made with contactless methods.More news: Mother arrested after child found in street