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.

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E-ticketing planned for Swiss transport

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.

E-ticketing planned for Swiss transport
SBB

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).
  

ZURICH

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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