Switzerland will become the first country in the world to let public transport users pay AFTER their journey
- Transport provider CH-direct will introduce new way to pay across all of country
- People can log start and end of journey on app which calculates fee at end of day
- Almost 90,000 people in Switzerland used ‘post price ticketing’ since 2018 trial
Switzerland will become the first country in the world to let public transport users across the whole network pay after they have completed a journey.
Almost 90,000 people have started using this ‘post price ticketing’ system on the bus, tram or metro since a trial started last year.
Transport provider CH-direct said users appreciate the ‘comfort-free, spontaneous travel’ and getting ‘the best price’ and it will be introduced fully by 2020.
Public transport users in Switzerland will be able to pay after they have completed a journey by logging their trip’s details in a smartphone app (file picture)
In the new system a person logs the start of their journey on their smartphone when they get on public transport.
When they have finished the journey, they input this data and the app calculates the total price of the trip.
If they forget to end the ride once they get off the bus or metro then the app they use to log their journeys can remind them to swipe out, reports the local ch.
This means people will no longer need to carry change or have to buy a paper ticket. However these options are still available for those who don’t wish to use the app.
Switzerland will be the first in the world to introduce the system across the entire country after a successful trial (file picture)
Project manager Silvia Kandera said: ‘Three years after the launch of the project, we are in a position to definitively introduce this innovative technology.
‘This reinforces the position of Swiss public transport and our spirit of innovation.’
Automatic ticketing is currently available with apps from BLS, Fairtiq, SBB, Zürcher Verkehrsverbund and TCS.