There’s good news for Delhi commuters. The Delhi government has announced that it will carry out a one-month trial to allow the use of Delhi Metro cards in city buses.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has said that the trial, which begins on Monday, will be carried out using 250 city buses. The move is part of a project that will eventually merge metro and bus travel by shifting to a ‘Common Mobility Card’ which can be used for both modes of travel.
The government says that it has already carried out unofficial test runs over the past few months to prepare for the trial of Delhi Metro cards.
Metro Cards For Transport In Other Countries
The adoption of multi-utility prepaid cards like the Delhi Metro cards is not new to other countries and the system has proved to be an efficient one. These are contactless smart cards which use the Radio Frequency (RF) technology to record details of a journey and calculate the fare.
Here’s how the concept works in some other big cities around the world.
First Off The Block
Upass, a prepaid card for the transportation system in Seoul, South Korea, was the world’s first commercially-used Radio Frequency (RF) card for transportation. Upass was first launched as a test trial from October-December in 1995 and subsequently used from June 1996 onwards.
It is accepted by all Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Incheon, Cheonan, and Asan buses in addition to Seoul Subway and AREX (Airport Railroad Express).
The World’s An Oyster For London
Established in 2003 and owned by Transport for London, the Oyster card can be used for fare payments for bus, tube, London overground and most of the National Rail services in London. The main vision of this card was to reduce the number of paper tickets and the number of transactions at ticket offices.
It’s The Octopus In Hong Kong
The Octopus card is the world’s leading complex automatic fare collection and contactless smartcard payment system used in Hong Kong. Launched in September 1997, to collect fares for the territory’s mass transit system, the Octopus card system has since grown into a widely used payment system for all public transport in Hong Kong.
It is credited with inspiring the development of Oyster cards (London) and Opal card (New South Wales, Australia).
Smart Ticketing, The Opal Card Way
Opal card is a contactless smartcard ticketing system for public transport services. Valid in the greater Sydney area of New South Wales, Australia, the operation of the Opal system is managed by the New South Wales Government’s transport authority, Transport for NSW. Launched in late 2012, the Opal is valid for transport for NSW’s bus, rail, light rail and ferry services that operate in Sydney. It can also be used in the neighbouring Central Coast, Hunter Region, Blue Mountains and Illawarra areas in addition to the train services in the Southern Highlands.