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E-ticketing planned for Swiss transport

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E-ticketing planned for Swiss transport
10:27 CEST+02:00

Passengers on Swiss trains, buses and boats will have access to an electronic ticketing system in 2017, allowing them to be billed once a month with tailored prices, reports said.

The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) are planning the introduction of an electronic card with a microchip that will register travelling time and itineraries so that passengers will only be billed at the end the month, the Sunday edition of Le Matin newspaper said.

The initiative also aims at offering discounts and tailored tariffs and at reducing the use of paper tickets. A meeting of the public transport association, which includes over 100 companies, is scheduled to further discuss the plan next November, the paper said.

It is estimated that four to six percent of journeys are currently made without a valid ticket. With the e-ticketing system, SBB is aiming at lowering this percentage to two, for an expected additional revenue of 50 million francs ($59 million), project leader Santiago Garcia was quoted as saying by the paper.

The cost of the planned technical upgrades are expected to top 200 million francs ($235 million).

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