Travel Cards in the Year 2000: The Helsinki Region Ushers in the Smart Card Era

by Frank Burmansson, YTV Helsinki Metropolitan Area Cncl., Travel Card Project, P.O. Box 521, FIN - 00521 Helsinki, Finland,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Public Transportation Systems: Implementing Efficient Urban Transit Systems and Enhancing Transit Usage


Once the travel card system for the Helsinki region is fully implemented, it will be one of the most advanced ticket sales and fare collection systems around. Passengers will carry remote contactless travel cards. They will be able to load the cards with travel rights for a certain period, or with stored cash value that can be used to pay for trips. Although the system introduced is only a basic version, it can still be enhanced in a variety of ways to produce results and to match up to the expectations people has of it.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Equipment and machinery | Information systems | Intelligent transportation systems | Fares | Passengers | Load factors | Computer software | Finland | Europe

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