Subway commuters in Glasgow, Scotland, are set to receive a new smartcard similar to the popular Oyster card system in London.
The plastic cards will be introduced to passengers beginning in 2013 and will be ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Strathclyde Passenger Transport company is also discussing whether to bring the system to buses, ferries and trains if the operation for the subway is successful, according to a report by the Scotsman.
Passengers will be able to load travel credits onto the cards through stations or online websites. The cards can also be used to make smaller purchases, including newspapers, magazines or snacks, the article stated.
"Smartcards have the most benefit where secure, speedy transactions need to be carried out, so where better to start implementing them than the Glasgow Subway, where services are frequent and journeys are short?” said SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay.
Other smartcard projects in Scotland are currently in the works. Applied Card Technologies was recently offered a contract to produce the plastic cards to provide an asset management system for Scotland’s Concessionary Travel Scheme, according to a report by UKauthority.com.
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