Lítačka ending pilot operation

The new transportation card will soon be going into standard operation

Prague City Hall is set to discuss moving the Lítačka public transportation card out of pilot operation and into standard mode. The change will not affect people who already have the card. The operation in the pilot mode allowed for the city firm Operátor ICT to streamline the process of issuing and managing the cards. The contactless cards are supplied by the firm XT-Card.

The Lítačka card, which also functions as a library card, was launched March 1. It replaces the Opencard, which has seen a number of scandals over the contracts for its operation in the decade that it existed.

The name Lítačka comes from Czech slang and refers to running around. The name was chosen over an internet poll. The card carries an electronic coupon that can be read by ticket inspectors on public transportation.

.eople interested in getting a Lítačka card can as of Aug. 1 apply .online and have it mailed to them, and the city is also developing a phone app version of the card. The card can also be purchased at several express counters in the city

The municipal firm Operátor ICT receives about Kč 4 million per month and Kč 100 for every card issued.

Some 1.2 million Opencards have been issued and are currently being phased out. The firm eMoney Services (EMS) operates the system.

Opencards were launched in April 2007 to replace paper coupons. Problems first arose in November 2009, when discrepancies in the cost of operating the system were discovered. The original operating company, Haguess, handed over operation of the system to EMS in January 2013.

Investigations led the Anti-monopoly Office to issue a fine of Kč 1 million for the contracts signed between Haguess and EMS. The city of Prague had also previously received fines for questionable transportation-related contracts. Several people were convicted over contracts in the Opencard case.

More articles on this topic:
Lítačka card to have mobile app (Prague.TV, Living Like a Local 19.07.2016)
Lítačka, or Opencard 2.0 (Prague.TV, Living Like a Local 30.03.2016)

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