Thales to Upgrade Taipei Metro Ticketing
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The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation has selected Thales to supply their TRANSCITYTM fare collection solution to be rolled out on the Taipei Metro over the course of 2016 without disrupting current services. The contract relates to the whole Taipei metro network – consisting of 1,500 fare gates in 120 stations serving nearly two million passengers every day.
Thales’ TRANSCITY TM system replaces contactless smartcard readers at existing fare gates and oversees the back-office management of the secure transactions. The system is fast and safe, catering to a variety of cards including the Kaohsiung Metro’s smartcard, 7Eleven smartcard, Taichung Metropolitan smartcard and HappyCash smartcard to ensure a smooth and rapid thoroughfare.
The installation of this system is the first part of Taiwan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications initiative to improve interoperability in the country, with public transport operators and smartcard providers working in cooperation to create a nationwide integrated fare-card system.
The current system in operation in Taipei was also installed by Thales; the EasyCard was brought in in 2000. Thales’ ticketing solutions are also in use Hong Kong, Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Nanjing, Manila and Taiwan.