Bydgoszcz and Toruń, in the north west of Poland, are creating a new smartcard that will allow greater flexibility and integration of public transport in and between both cities.
Set to replace the existing BiT City ticket, which allows only single cross-city fares or monthly passes, the new Metropolitan Ticket System (SBM) ticket will offer a fuller range of fare options to give passengers more choice and flexibility.
The system will include modern equipment such as new ticket-validation points and ticket machines at public transportation stops and rail stations. The two cities are also investing in a common Intelligent Transport System to make their shared network smarter and more efficient.
The new SBM ticket is part of both cities’ plans to upgrade their public transport infrastructure with the help of EU funds allocated for 2014-2020. For Bydgoszcz this will involve the purchase of 80 new trams, the construction of three new tram lines and several integrated interchanges between rail and public transport. Toruń, meanwhile, plans to use the funds to build two new tram lines, expand its urban train infrastructure and invest in Park & Ride facilities.
For more information, visit transport-publiczny.pl (in Polish).
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