Future of Public Transport Ticketing

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Future of Public Transport Ticketing

#1 Post by PeFe » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:59 pm

This thread is dedicated to discussing the future of public transport ticketing in Adelaide.

For example, should Adelaide Metro adopt a tap-on tap-off-system in the future to collect more usage data, and maybe even change the fare structure to a distance based tariff?

How will the introduction of contactless payment options (usually a credit or debit card) affect the way people use the public transport system?

Discuss.

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Re: Future of Public Transport Ticketing

#2 Post by PeFe » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:54 am

Suggestion 1 : Create a daily cap for Metrocard, say $10, you could use public transport as much as you want until 4am and only pay $10. Yes we have
a paper ticket for that but that is part of the problem, a Metrocard user must pre-judge how much travel they will do across a calendar day
and must decide between using the card or buying a ticket. Paper ticket should be priced above the Metrocard price to encourage card use.

Suggestion 2 : Create a 7-day pass for Metrocard appropriately priced. Another option for someone who will use a lot of public transport across one
week, better value than buying a daytrip everyday. Good value for visitors spending more than 3 days in Adelaide.

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Re: Future of Public Transport Ticketing

#3 Post by Nort » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:49 pm

PeFe wrote:
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:59 pm
This thread is dedicated to discussing the future of public transport ticketing in Adelaide.

For example, should Adelaide Metro adopt a tap-on tap-off-system in the future to collect more usage data,
Nope. It's possible to gather the data without changing the way the whole system works and placing all the extra ticket readers that would be required.
and maybe even change the fare structure to a distance based tariff?
Definitely not, the current 2 hour system is fantastic and easy to understand.
How will the introduction of contactless payment options (usually a credit or debit card) affect the way people use the public transport system?

Discuss.
If it operates much like the current Metrocard, I'd say not much at all, except for being more tourist friendly. I'd be in favour of it since it would avoid the occasionally early morning run to the newsagent to charge my Metrocard.

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Re: Future of Public Transport Ticketing

#4 Post by PeFe » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:56 pm

Nort wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:49 pm

Nope. It's possible to gather the data without changing the way the whole system works and placing all the extra ticket readers that would be required.
How?
I do not know what exactly Metrocard is capable of, technically speaking.

Perth bought an off the shelf system (same price as Metrocard, but 5 years earlier) that seems to be able to collect data and charge a distanced based tariff that allows 2-3 hours to complete the journey, and yes you're right, you would need more readers for the buses, but your knowledge of customers exact journeys would increase dramatically.

A distance based fare system reflects a truer cost (for the transport authority) for the service provided.

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