Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Paper or Plastic

Beijing is upgrading its metro ticketing system with magnetic cards set to replace the current paper tickets. Paper tickets were in service for 38 years at Beijing Subway. An automatic fare collection (AFC) system became operational at all Beijing subway stations on May 23, requesting passengers to produce their magnetic strip tickets or mass transit smart cards twice when entering and exiting the subway gates. The fare for a subway ride remains unchanged, at two yuan (€0.20 or $0.30).

Welcome to the 21st century