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Rīga public transport to introduce QR code tickets

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Rīga public transportation company Rīgas satiksme is planning to introduce an option to buy a ticket via smart devices this summer, Latvian Television reported April 22.

The new tickets will available on a smartphone and shall be activated when boarding public transport by scanning the QR code.  This will not fully replace the ticket or the e-talons for the time being. This form of payment will complement, rather than replace, payment opportunities.

“Of course a very large part of the public has smartphones, but not everybody. There are also elderly people who do not use these phones. So the system is likely to operate in parallel,“ said Baiba Bartaševiča-Feldmane, head of public relations of Rīgas satiksme.

“In order to use this ticket, an app will initially have to be downloaded on your smartphone, which will also be available on our home page,” said Bartaševiča-Feldmane.

After the download of the application, the ticket must be purchased and activated when entering the vehicle by scanning the code.

“When the controller gets in, the person will display the ticket with the phone, and the controller will check whether this registration has been made or not,” explained Bartaševiča-Feldmane.

The app will have to link up a bank card. For the time being, this system is still being tested.

“It is planned that these first tests could take about two weeks. Next, the testers' circle will certainly be expanded. The end of May, the beginning of June, in approximate terms, this ticket could be available to the general public,” Bartaševiča-Feldmane said.

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