Contactless payments on Prague trams expands

Passengers can now also buy tickets with contactless cards on the No. 18 line

People can as of Aug. 1 buy transit tickets using contactless payment on tramline No. 18. A pilot program was launched in April on the 22 line, and so far has been a success with 1,073 tickets purchased through the end of June according to the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP). The project is in cooperation with ČSOB, MasterCard and Microelectronics.

Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) was pleased with the project. “It is obvious that in this method of payment has generated interest among passengers, and it is therefore good that it has been extended to the entire No. 18 line. But if you want to flaunt clever public transportation, it should be very soon not only be standard in trams, but in other vehicles,” Krnáčová said in a news release.

Prague Deputy Mayor of Prague Petr Dolínek (Social Democrats, ČSSD), responsible for transportation, said that Prague public transportation is among the beat in the world. “Contactless payments are a further step in creating the greatest possible comfort for passengers. … But Prague is just catching up to other cities. I believe it will catch up very quickly because contactless payments will soon be the norm,” he said.

Tram 18 goes from Pankrác to Petřiny. The contactless payment terminals will be on model 15T trams, and in the future they will also be on model T3R trams.

Contactless payment ticketing works the same on the 18 and 22 lines. In the trams there are always three vending machines with contactless payment, at the entrance of the first, third and fifth door. Passengers have a choice of tickets for Kč 24 or Kč 32, or for all day at Kč 110, and with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets from the machine are already validated, so they do not need to be further validated. The trams that are set up for contactless payment are marked with a special sticker.

Contactless payment terminals are lent to the city free of charge during the pilot project. The pilot project is scheduled for one year. Then the project will be evaluated and further tram lines may be added if the project is successful.

At the same time, DPP announced that the popular Mazací tramvaj, which lubricates tracks, will be out of service for repairs until the fall. The modified version will also be able to water grass belts along the tram routes. Until it is back, DPP has placed a livestreaming camera on top of a tram on the. No. 16 line, which can be viewed here

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