On Wednesday (23) the Transport Secretariat of the city of Rio de Janeiro announced an electronic ticketing model for those who use public transport in the capital of Rio de Janeiro. The new ticket system will feature payments by QR Code, bank card, cell phone — using Riocard or digital wallets — and Pix. The city’s forecast is to stop using physical money entirely until 2023.
Digital ticket contract lasts 10 years from 2022
The bidding project for a new charging model for urban public transport in Rio was called the Digital Ticketing System (SBD). The city government’s objective is to ensure greater financial transparency in the ticketing system and apply improvements to bus lines using “reliable” data. On July 6, in addition to public transport on four wheels, subways and trains started to accept payment by cell phone approach.
The notice is to be published on August 30, and the winning company will have a 10-year contract to act as the SBD concessionaire, starting in the first quarter of 2022; Cariocas will have 3 months to change their card.
Even with the new system, the user who travels by bus twice within the 2:30 am interval will still only pay the ticket for the first trip. The company must make the electronic ticketing 100% operational within 3 months after signing the contract.
Cariocas can pay taxi and bicycle with a digital ticket
In a statement, the city emphasizes that payment cards can be used to pay for other transport besides the bus, such as the Rio Táxi and Bike Rio — the city’s public bicycle system. There will also be the option to recharge and recover credits on the card.
“Users will be able to control their account through an application and will receive the first card for free”, mentions the city of Rio in a note. To speed up service, 15 card purchase points will be made available throughout the city, which represents three times the number of service stations that currently offer Riocard.
The first hearing involving the SBD bid is scheduled for August 12th. The city government estimates the remuneration of R$ 814 million in transport credits — part of the use of the new system’s credit card — the company with the largest grant.
City Hall of Rio will charge 3% fare on ticket
The concessionaire’s payment fee to the municipality for the use of the digital ticket will be 3%. The city still intends to generate revenue through digital advertising: one above and one below the transport app for those who pay with the QR Code. In just the first 5 years of the contract, the municipal administration must earn R$ 55 million in ads on the app.
Maína Celidólio, Secretary of Transport of Rio de Janeiro, celebrated the digital ticketing system as an advance of the city hall:
“The City Hall will use technology in favor of efficiency and public interest. This is a fundamental step for the necessary changes in public transport in Rio de Janeiro, which will guarantee the end of the black box and a better quality service for the population”
O Techblog tried to contact the Rio Department of Transport to find out what the minimum amount for the auction will be and how much the city expects to raise in total with the bid plus advertising, but has not received a response until the time of publication of this article..
With information: Mobile Time