CONNEXXION INTRODUCES TRAVELING BY BARCODE
Travellers in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands can use tickets with a barcode in the buses of public transport company Connexxion, subsidiary of Transdev. All buses in this region are equipped with a new barcode scanner. Travellers can use this scanner to check in and out.
Travellers who use public transport in the Netherlands travel with a public transport chip card, OV-chipcard, that can be used throughout the country, in bus, train, metro and tram. The traveller checks in at the arrival of the bus and checks out at the departure of the bus, and thus has paid for the trip. The OV-chipcard works like a creditcard. With this card travellers also can use extra services such as renting a bicycle. The payment is all done with the OV-chipcard, anonymous or personalized. Individual tickets can be purchased in Connexxion buses. These are now provided with a barcode. The passenger checks in and out with this. This makes transferring with a single ticket easier: the barcode scanner checks whether the ticket is valid at the time of travel.
Travellers buy a ticket from the driver and pay by debitcard or creditcard. Payment with cash is no longer possible in the Connexxion buses. In the coming months, travelling with the barcode will also be introduced in other regions. The next step is the online sale of tickets with a barcode in the webshop. This card can be printed or displayed on a smartphone.