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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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MISC | Fare Coordination

From a North American perspective, where we have a ton of disparate agencies, all with their own fare policies, and no real attempt to make them interlock, I'm wondering how is system-wide fare integration/coordination done in Europe?

(P.S. I'm thinking about making this a topic for a class presentation, so links and papers would be helpful.)
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Old February 26th, 2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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In the Netherlands almost all public transport services make use of an RFID-based card that can be load with money, passes, subscriptions, stand-alone tickets, supplements or combinations of those, the OV-Chipkaart (English page here: http://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/?taal=en)

It works for both national rail services and local transportation. Only some special van services, night buses and ferry crossings are not included.

You always check in and out when using public transportation in the Netherlands.

Big cities have their own agencies like RET, GVB, HVM etc.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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From a North American perspective, where we have a ton of disparate agencies, all with their own fare policies, and no real attempt to make them interlock, I'm wondering how is system-wide fare integration/coordination done in Europe?
A good example is the ZVV in and around Zürich. There are a bout 50 transportation companies active around Zürich. There is one single integrated tariff, managed by a separate company. You can read more about it here:
http://www.zvv.ch/en/about-us/
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Old February 26th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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hammersklavier, the urban rail networks in Japan are also moving towards total interchangeability between contactless IC fare cards. This journal is already a bit old (2008), but it gives details of some of the systems used, as well as systems in Europe:

http://www.jrtr.net/jrtr50/
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PATCO, SEPTA work on compatibility of Freedom cards

Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:07 AM

PATCO riders will soon be able to use their Freedom cards to pay fares on SEPTA subways and buses, PATCO and SEPTA officials said Wednesday.

However, SEPTA-issued smart cards won't work on PATCO.

After SEPTA switches to its long-awaited electronic "smart card" fare-payment system this year, PATCO cards will be compatible with the SEPTA Key system, PATCO general manager John Rink said.

One caveat: A PATCO card must be registered with PATCO. That registration will permit SEPTA to identify the user and bill PATCO for the trip, Rink said.

SEPTA's new "open payment" system will allow riders to use any contactless credit card or a SEPTA-issued Key card, or even a smartphone app, to pay fares at card-reading turnstiles or bus-fare boxes. Contactless cards are embedded with a computer chip that communicates with a chip-reader at a turnstile or cash register.

But PATCO's system is a proprietary, "closed" system that currently accepts only the PATCO-issued Freedom card.

PATCO's fare system, built by Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego, could be modified to accept any contactless credit card, just like SEPTA's. In fact, it once was.

In 2011 and 2012, Cubic reengineered the PATCO system to allow the use of contactless cards during a yearlong experiment.
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Seattle area has the ORCA card. Basically if you have one, you can use it with any agency in the region, provided you have money in it, or your pass has enough value. King County Metro still uses paper transfers but they aren't accepted by other agencies AFAIK.
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hammersklavier, the urban rail networks in Japan are also moving towards total interchangeability between contactless IC fare cards. This journal is already a bit old (2008), but it gives details of some of the systems used, as well as systems in Europe:

http://www.jrtr.net/jrtr50/
The best interoperability scheme is indeed in Japan- major cards issued by the JR companies can be used in non JR areas including on buses, metros, trams and trains country wide. Exceptions where you can't use it do apply but it's rare.
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