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Sydney smart card problems echo Vancouver’s Compass

Glitch-laden smart card readers. Delays. Millions of dollars in unexpected costs. That’s certainly the story of Vancouver’s troubled Compass Card. But a related digital payment system half a world away has been suffering similar growing pains: the Opal card in Sydney, Australia. The Opal Card and the Compass Card share the same private contractor, Cubic, a San-Diego based weapons system manufacturer. News of the problems there have TransLink’s critics here watching closely as the fare gates close on Monda

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