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    Germany plans nationwide e-ticket for all city transport

    (The One ticket to rule them all? The German Transport Minister wants to create an electronic ticket to connect public bus and train services across all cities, bringing Germany into the digital age.
    Electronic chip cards or mobile phone tickets could make paper tickets of yore unnecessary by 2019, according to a plan set out by Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt.

    According to a plan seen by publishing group Funke Mediengruppe and reported on Friday, the Transport Ministry wants to introduce a uniform e-ticket that would connect public transit systems across nearly all of the country under one card.

    The aim is to make public transit easier and more attractive, benefiting customers of around 370 transit companies and roughly 75 percent of the population. Passengers would be able to use the same card or cell phone app without having to buy a new ticket in each city to which they travel – and without having to dig out loose change to feed into a ticket machine.

    “We need a Germany-wide, mobile platform that links passengers’ information across regions and makes it possible to book e-tickets,” Dobrindt told Funke Mediengruppe. ………………….(more)





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  • Ash F (138 posts)
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    1. Meanwhile, in the US, some states are like a third world country

    …compared to others.

  • Rocco (617 posts)
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    2. The Netherlands already has this.

    Though you can still buy a paper ticket, it is not the main way to get around there by public transportation.

    They started this innovative system, the OV-chipcard has been around for a number of years now, and won an award for this innovation.

    It works like this. If you are an infrequent traveller, you buy a paper ticket, which you use like the other cards, only it is paper and good for one trip. If you are a frequent traveller, you can order a chipcard with your picture on it. This way if it gets lost, you can get it back. If you don’t want that, you can still purchase a rechargeable card, which you can fill up at many kiosks all over the place, mostly at train stations, transportation hubs, and in grocery stores, as well as other places. When you get on the bus, or tram, you “check in” by swiping your card, like an ID card to get into a door at your workplace or something. When you get to your stop, you “check out,” and your fare is deducted, including discounts for age, time of day, and other things. On the train it is slightly different, but mostly the same. In the larger stations, like Rotterdam Centraal, and Den Haag, there are turnstiles, which you use your card to check in, or out. If you are just going to one of the stores (winkels) at the station, you are not charged. At smaller stations, there are posts that you use to check in and out. It makes travel so easy it is great. Once in a while a conductor comes around to check your card, to make sure that you checked in.

    They even have an app, which will allow you to plan your route from door to door, with times,  maps and fares. I also have just discovered that they have an app for your smart watch! There is another app which has a map of the rail system on it, and the locations of all of the trains, with their speed, the services available on the train, what kind of train it is, and more!  On the website,, you can plan your door to door trip, or on your smart phone app of the same name.

    Truly, the Dutch have a most innovative transportation system. For such a small country, they certainly do know how to keep an excellent public transportation system. Even if it is partially privately owned.  Heck when you get off of the plane in Schiphol, the train station is right underneath. The entrance is about 10 meters from where you exit after customs and baggage!
    Check out the “NS Reisplanner Xtra” app for the maps of where the trains are, and more, and check out for the english version of the NS rail website. It should be a model for rail transportation anywhere. Then there is the 9292 app for trip planning. Oh did I mention that these apps are in Dutch and English?

    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      4. "innovative" for spying on people – internal passport system

  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    3. so wherever you go it's fed into a central database

    no thanks

    • Rocco (617 posts)
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      5. Not really.

      They would be able to tell where you checked it. What station you boarded. If they keep records of everyone’s trips, they would then only be able to tell when you get off, where you started and where you ended your trip.

      You can theoretically go to a station, change trains, go to a different station, change trains again, and come back to where you started without ever having been tracked that you changed trains so many times.

      And the card that does not have your photo on it, is pretty much an anonymous card.

      I guess that you don’t use EZ-Pass to pay for tolls here in the US then.


      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        6. nope, don't use ez pass. we don't have many toll roads here though its

        coming I hear

        but I wouldn’t do that kind of commute anyway and I don’t like to drive freeways

      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        7. in paris they had photos — way back in the 80s