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Smart cards facility to be introduced: APSRTC

Doing away with the decades-old practice of issuing tickets manually, APSRTC plans to introduce the Smart cards facility in city buses.

Authorities claim the move will be convenient to both the passengers and conductors as well.

Like prepaid mobile recharge cards, Smart cards will be issued in different denominations.

When a passenger swipes or taps these cards at the special sensors fixed at the doors in buses and enters the stage number on a particular route, the fare for that distance gets deducted automatically from the card.

This system is already in practice abroad and plans are being made to introduce a similar facility here.

As a pilot project it would be tried in a few buses and based on passengers' feedback, it will extended to other buses. This apart, authorities are also considering using TIMs in city buses.

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