Federal Railways plans introduction of e-tickets

Passengers could soon be able to benefit from an electronic ticketing system on Swiss trains, buses, boats and mountain cable cars.

This content was published on July 3, 2011 - 15:20
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Swiss Federal Railways confirmed reports that preparations were underway to introduce the e-ticket within six years as additional option beside the traditional travel document.

First trials are scheduled for 2016 and costs for technical upgrades are estimated at about SFr200 million ($236 million).

A plastic card containing a chip would allow the billing of passengers once a month and the railway management could introduce client-tailored prices, Santiago Garcia of Federal Railways told several Sunday newspapers.

The association of public transport, comprising more than 300 companies, is scheduled to discuss e-ticketing for the popular travel cards at a meeting in November.

Observers say the introduction of the e-tickets could raise concern over data protection.

A similar project was abandoned nine years ago, notably over expected costs.

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