The city of Chennai, India is getting ready to roll out contactless ticketing on its forthcoming Metro Rail transit system, according to The Deccan Chronicle.
Modeled after Hong Kong’s ‘Octopus’ system, Chennai’s prepaid contactless cards will allow commuters to quickly tap on and off of Metro trains. The fare charge is automatically deducted from the user’s account, which can be topped up via automatic ticket vending machines in Metro stations.
Metro Rail officials say the new system is designed to speed up the ticketing process and ensure those who board the train actually have their tickets.
The smart cards will be available for purchase at train stations and small retailers. A single ride on the Metro is expected to cost between Rs 8 to Rs 10 (about 25 cents).
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