Dutch rail starts test project to pay ticket by bank card
Dutch railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), is starting a test project in January. Goal is to make travellers use their bank card instead of the public transport chip card. The test will take six months and will take place on the line Leiden-The Hague.
‘A logical choice’
Several other countries already offer passengers the possibility to pay their ticket with a bank card. In the London subway, for instance, more than a billion rides have been made by using a bank card.
“A logical choice”, says a spokesperson of the Dutch rail. “People already have a bank card in their wallet, so why would they need a separate public transport chip card?”
So, to check the expensive technology, the NS is looking for a maximum of thousand travellers disposing of a contactless bank card on the Leiden-The Hague or The Hague-Leiden connection to start with the test.