It is noted that the interface between the passenger and public transport represented by the fare collection method is of the utmost importance in conditioning users' perception of the service standared that is offered. It is not only by the way fares are collected on or before boarding trains and buses, but by the desirability of integrating different operators' services in a region that raises the attractiveness of mass transit. It is described how fare collection systems have been designed that allow the hardware to be applied to customized fare structures with full scope for future integration of other services and networks. The article describes a Hong Kong installation that is an example of tailoring equipment to meet operators' precise needs. In Hong Kong, there is total compatibility between the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway and bus systems, with the same tickets acceptable for both types of transport. An interesting feature is the facility to recycle tickets that are no longer valid. The state-of-the-art technology in service in Hong Kong involves the use of HC 'Hard' magnetic-coded tickets which provide a very high level of security.

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    PTN Publishing Company

    210 Crossways Park Drive
    Woodbury, NY  United States  11797
  • Authors:
    • GODWIN, B
  • Publication Date: 1990-12

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  • Accession Number: 00604430
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM