Phased introduction of transport card

15th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam public transport company GVB is beginning the phased introduction of the new OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card) to replace the paper strippenkaart payment system.

15 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam public transport company GVB is beginning the phased introduction of the new OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card) to replace the paper strippenkaart payment system.

Some 30,000 people with annual season tickets and 10,000 GVB staff cardholders will be able to check in and out of the Amsterdam metro (lines 51, 53, 54 and sneltram) with the new OV-chipkaart before the end of the summer.

If everything goes according to plan, everyone who uses the GVB's metro, bus or tram services will be able to use the card by the start of 2007.

GVB spokesperson Petra Faber said the introduction of the card is running on schedule. All metro stations in the city were fitted with new card-operated gates, card readers and card vending machines in 2005. The system underwent rigorous testing between July 2005 and April 2006.

Holders of annual season tickets will receive their personalised chip card with the holder's name in the post. Over-the-counter sales of personalised cards will begin in September, followed in the autumn by the sale of cards that can be used by anyone, rather like the paper strippenkaart that will eventually be replaced.

Everyone with a chip card will be able to use it for travel in the metro by the end of the year. The card will be valid for trams and buses from 2007.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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