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Ticket machine for Warsaw trams, source: Tramwaje Warszawskie

All trams in Warsaw to be equipped with ticket machine

By the end of 2019, all trams in Warsaw operated by Tramwaje Warszawskie will be equipped with ticket machines. The municipal operator will install 583 ticket machines in trams running in the Polish capital. Today, the company operates around 200 ticket machines in tram vehicles.

The ticket machines will be supplied by Mint of Poland next year. “Today, we signed an agreement with Mint of Poland. In less than a year, we will be able to use modern ticket machines and pay for tickets by card. We give our passengers a feeling of comfort and a possibility of purchasing tickets at any of our trams”, chairman of Tramwaje Warszawskie Wojciech Bartelski said. According to him, the agreement between the parties has an option for an additional 178 ticket machines in trams that start running in Warsaw in 2022-2023. The deal is worth a total of 21 million Zlotys netto (around 4.9 million Euros).

Card payments

After delivery to Tramwaje Warszawskie, all ticket machines will be installed in every new tram and in every railcar of the old vehicles. The new equipment will produce paper tickets with a QR-code and be able to load trips on the Warsaw City Card. All the transactions are digital: passengers should pay only by card, phones, or via the BLIK mobile payment system.

Today, passengers of Warsaw trams prefer to pay with a bank card. According to Tramwaje Warszawskie, the company’s revenue on ticket sales was around 799.5 million Zlotys (186.5 million Euros). More than half of them were purchased via ticket machines: stationary ticket machines earned 342.1 million Zlotys (79.8 million Euros) while mobile ones installed in trams got around 101.7 million Zlotys (23.7 million Euros).

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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