India’s first RRTS corridor to have a tokenless app-based ticketing system
Equipped with many commuter-centric features, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) would introduce an app-based ticketing system, the first of its kind.
This will be introduced on its 82 kilometer long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor.
Although there is no token system, commuters would benefit from a modern Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor.
The planned mobile app for India’s first RRTS is said to have 40 commuter-centric features.
It will be introduced gradually and should be launched before the start of RRTS operations.
In order to advance the digital and cashless transformation, this application will generate a QR code which will serve as a ticket for the RRTS.
Apart from this, it will top up smart cards, top up wallets, help in purchasing tickets and also provide option of special custom rate plan based on commuter’s journey and needs.
This special rate plan could be a pass at reduced rates for 10 trips or trips worth one month.
The NCRTC also provides for the provision of a special integrated ticket for RRTS journeys as well as metro journeys. This digital platform will integrate with the AFC system to provide these facilities.
The AFC system implemented by the NCRTC will be QR code (Digital QR and Paper QR) based ticketing and Rupay based open loop contactless cards based on National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) standards.
Thus, RRTS commuters will be able to use any NCMC card issued by any metro or transport authority or financial institution in the country.
The system will therefore be fully open-loop from the first day of operations and any such card can be used in the RRTS corridor for travel.
This decision is in line with the government’s vision to achieve the goal of the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) standard for all modes of transport.
NCMC cards would be an interoperable contactless payment product.
This advanced and secure card can also be used for other payment applications, including all transit systems for intercity and intracity travel within the country and purchase and retail transactions.
A commuter will have the option of using QR code tickets which can be digitally generated using the NCRTC mobile app. Paper QR tickets can be purchased at stations for a single journey between two stations.
This method of payment would also be used for the other RRTS corridors.
The intention is to encourage more people to use public transport and to minimize dependence on fossil fuel-based transport without any problems.
According to the NCRTC, the comfort of commuters is at the center of the implementation of the RRTS and each step, each planning is directed towards its realization.
This is why the NCRTC took a holistic approach when planning this app.
Besides ticketing facilities, commuter services and convenience of RRTS, NCRTC has also included last mile connectivity partners, entertainment and shopping facilities in the app.