Smart cards make inroads in European transit [International Herald Tribune]

Bus to the train station, train to the city, subway to the office – all with one ticket. With advances in smart card technology and agreements between transport companies, that scenario is becoming a reality.

“Being able to use a single card for all networks simplifies things and offers the possibility of giving incentives to people who travel in particular regions or at certain times,” said Tim Boric, a representative of Rover, an organisation that seeks to guard the rights of users of public transportation in the Netherlands. “It should save time for passengers and will make it less likely that you miss your train because you lost time waiting in line.”

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