Sydney-area commuters will start seeing progress in the long-delayed project to introduce smart cards, as CityRail (NSW) takes the first steps toward installing new card readers at 260 ungated train stations. The government-owned Rail Corporation New South Wales, which operates CityRail and the regional CountryLink (serving destinations in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital District), is seeking bids on the next phase of the project, which includes removing the electronic ticket machines installed as part of the failed TCard project. Ferries are scheduled to get the new smart cards first, followed by trains and buses. Sydney’s commuters were originally supposed to get smart cards in time for the 2000 Olympics. Link to full story in The Sydney Morning Herald.