Smart card pilot project in steady progress
By Tina George
30 June 2008
The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is ready to install its Integrated Fare Management System (Smart card) in a Golden Arrow Bus on route in the Simon's Town/Ocean View area.
Al-Ameen, spokesperson in the Department's Transport branch says after months of field and backroom testing the smart card system on a minibus taxi, the department is now finalising the analysis of the technical data, collected during the tests.
“After the extensive tests we are now actually confident that we can now go ahead and install that system in one of the Golden Arrow bus systems.
Kafaar added that Golden Arrow has indicated that they are quite satisfied with their results thus far.
Golden Arrow Bus Services, Vuyisile Mdoda says Golden Arrow has given its commitment to assist with the operation of the smart card pilot project on its buses operating on the Simonstown route corridor.
“The smart card will be used to "preload" bus fares or clip cards for bus routes. Commuters and passengers will swipe their cards when embarking a bus, instead of paying the conventional fare or producing your clip card,” says Kafaar.
“We have employed a number of Brand Ambassadors to be part of this programme and the systems will be installed by the end of July.”