Thursday, September 18, 2003

Chipcard in public transport: government bill of 120 million euro

In the Netherlands, the third Tuesday of september is the day that our government announces its plans and budgets for the next year. Emerce highlights the plans with respect to the introduction of the so-called 'OV-Chipkaart'; a chipcard to be used country wide for public transport.

The Dutch government has announced that the OV-chipkaart needs to be introduced in all regions of the Netherlands in 2007. The Ministry of Transport will decide this year how much money is needed for that. It has earlier explained that a maximum of € 120 million is available. Regional transport companies however, suggest that € 150 million is needed.

Next year, more than 10 trials will run, that will be evaluated in 2005. Operator of the system is Trans Link Systems.