The Transport Company of the Capital City of Prague (DPP) today began to install contactless terminals to the metro station and follows up on their recent commissioning in all tram cars. The terminals will be located in the station lobbies instead of Opencard validators.
Installation of 77 devices is to be completed by the end of summer. The Bořislavka, Petřiny and Motol Hospital stations are an exception, due to the fact that the Opencard validators were part of the wall mosaics here. The devices will run in test mode until the end of January 2020, during which time they will be installed at the three stations mentioned.
In addition to the contactless purchase of tickets, the newly installed terminals will also have the option of verifying the validity of long-term coupons (PID Lítačka, In Karta ČD, payment card).
DPP also plans to further expand the yellow “boxes”. “By the end of September, we will also announce a tender for the supplier of contactless terminals for all DPP buses. It is planned to install them within the next year, “says Petr Witowski, director of the transport company.
The transport company launched contactless purchasing in all trams at the end of April this year. The statistics offer for the current operation: “By the end of June this year, ie in 9 weeks of operation, passengers had purchased almost 433,300 tickets for them for CZK 13.11 million. The popularity of this method of buying tickets is growing, with the DPP selling the most in June, more than 204,000 for almost CZK 6.2 million. In the period under review, passengers most often bought full 30-minute tickets: DPP sold almost 319,000 for CZK 7.7 million through contactless terminals. Contactless terminals on day lines 22, 9 and 17 were most often used in the monitored period, line 97 runs at night. An interesting indicator is the fact that ticket sales through contactless terminals had only a minimal impact on the volume of vending machine transactions at tram stops. “
Contactless payment in Prague trams:
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