Metcard - Employee TouchcardsPage last modified/checked: Sunday, 28th March, 2010
At last Touchcards have come into more visible and widespread use from July 1st 2000, when they were issued to all employees who are entitled to free travel within the three zone fare system. However, it must be stressed, the Touchcard is NOT a replacement for the actual employees free travel authority. Rather, it is to be used to activate automatic fare gates and placed within 70mm of the yellow target area on validators when the employee travels on metropolitan services. In effect, employees are being used to "live test" Touchcards before they come into public circulation. These cards are approximately 1.5mm thick, and are manufactured in Switzerland. They were encoded by Sydney based company "Cardserv".
Interestingly, the instruction sheet puts the cost of a replacement card at $25.00. Even if an administrative fee is part of this, it still proves that Tochcards are expensive to produce.