Paris begins contactless transit card rollout

Navigo Easy is aimed at travellers, occasional visitors and tourists, the transportation authority says

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From June 12th 2019, tourists and occasional users of the Paris Metro network are able to purchase the contactless and reusable card for €2.

“It’s over — the days of tickets which become demagnetised in your pocket,” said Valerie Pecresse, the head of public transport in Paris and its wider region, referring to a particular scourge of Metro users whose tickets become unusable.

 

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“It’s over — the dozens of euros lost because of tickets from another era,” she added at a news conference Tuesday presenting the new ticket.
The fare will remain the same: €1.90 for a single-trip ticket and €14.90 for ten trips.

Available at any station for €2 ($2.27), the rechargeable cards can simultaneously store a variety of day passes, full-price and reduced-fare single tickets, multi-ticket bundles and airport bus tickets.

By September 2019 the new digital system will be improved with the option of being able to top up on trips directly from a smartphone rather than at the counter or ticket machine.

Smart Navigo stores tickets and passes in the SIM in Android smartphones operating on the Orange network or in the embedded secure element built into certain Samsung phones, enabling commuters to use the service even if their smartphone is switched off or out of battery.

The solution has been developed by a consortium of companies including DejamobileGemalto and Wizway.

Paris transport authorities estimate the Navigo Easy system has 5.8 million potential customers.

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