Australian-based ERG has been chosen to install a smart card fare collection system for 350 buses in the Conseil General De La Gironde Bordeaux region of France that will be compatible with other transport services in the area. The new system will allow the use of paper tickets, magnetic stripe tickets and smart cards.
PERTH, Western Australia–In a move designed to create a transport fare payment system compatible with all transport in the region, the Conseil General De La Gironde in the Bordeaux region of France has chosen ERG Transit Systems to provide and install their smart card fare collection system. The contract, which has a value of EUR 2.4 million, will be completed in mid 2006.
The new system will allow the use of paper tickets, magnetic stripe tickets and smart cards, greatly increasing passenger convenience. It will be installed on 350 buses serving the interurban area.
“Our systems are already providing easier journeys for commuters in the City of Bordeaux, where ERG recently completed the transport smart card system,” said David D Stone, ERG’s Global Head of Business Development. “We now look forward to supplying the citizens of Gironde with our state-of-the-art technology.”
“Gironde joins a growing list of cities around the world that have selected ERG smart card technology and this further strengthens ERG’s presence in France and the rest of Europe,” continued Mr Stone.
This is the fourth French contract awarded to ERG for smart card fare collection equipment within the past twelve months. In addition to the Conseil General De La Gironde, recent tenders awarded include Department of Bas-Rhin Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand and La Roche/Yon.
About ERG Group
The ERG Group is a world leader in the development and supply of integrated fare management and software systems for the transit industry, and for its smart card systems and services. The Group has installed systems in major cities throughout the world including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore with installations in progress in Gothenburg, Seattle, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington DC. ERG has delivered systems that support more than 20 million smart cards in circulation and handle approximately 5 billion transactions per annum. ERG is an Australian-based company, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and employs 900 people in 11 countries.
Additional information is available at www.erggroup.com.