Lítačka card to have mobile app

City hopes to cut down the number of plastic cards issued

By the end of the year, Prague will create a mobile phone application for its new Lítačka card, which gives access to public transportation and other benefits. Passengers would no longer have to carry a plastic card with them to use public transportation, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said at a news conference.

“Our ambition is to stay away from the mass issuance of plastic cards,” Krnáčová said.

The costs of the further development of the Lítačka website, where from August people will be able to order Lítačka cards, was not specified by the municipal firm Operátor ICT.

New prices will also take effect as of August A person whose card is lost or stolen will pay Kč 50 for a replacement. People applying online can replace their cards for free when the card's validity ends. Until the end of July, people can exchange their Opencards, which were formerly issued for public transportation, for the new Lítačka cards free of charge at the service desks. As of August, people will need to apply and wait 14 days and pay Kč 50.

In addition to being used as a transportation card, Lítačka also serves as a municipal library card

Lítačka began replacing the controversial Opencard starting in March. The new Lítačka cards are supplied by the firm XT-Card and the system is administered by municipal firm Operátor ICT, which receives about Kč 4 million per month and Kč 100 for every card issued.

About 1.2 million people used the Opencard, and the city paid the firm eMoney Services some Kč 1.7 billion to operate the system. The city and EMS are currently in a dispute over fees and the contract to operate 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. In December 2014, several people were convicted in the Opencard case and sentenced to up to three and a half years in jail.

Lítačka, or Opencard 2.0 (Prague.TV, Living Like a Local 30.03.2016)

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