Public transport in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic has begun gradually phasing out paper tickets, while phasing a new smart card system.
The new card allows commuters to travel anywhere in the region without having to purchase separate tickets.
In 2014 student paper tickets were replaced with the electronic card, and in February 2015 yearly and half-yearly paper tickets become obsolete.
The public transport operators, Ostravský dopravní integrovaný systém (ODIS), have been have been allocated 20 m Koruna (€73 000) to oversee the transition into smart ticketing.
With the new cards come discounted fares for seniors, reductions in multi-zonal fares, and the option to purchase online. Aleš Stejskal, ODIS Managing Director, said in the future more travellers may be eligible for further discounts.
The integration of transport in the Moravian-Silesian Region began in the 1990s in Ostrava and nearby towns by connecting buses, tram-buses and trolleys. Today the system has expanded and now includes many towns and transport operators.
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