Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) started the testing trials of using smart cards for automatic ticketing system common to all kinds of internal transportation in the Chennai City. The handheld electronic ticketing machines will scan the individual smart cards of Chennai Metro to commit the tickets in MTC - Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses.
The Commuters can use the same smart card for taking tickets in MTC buses and the process of finalizing this facility was in establishing zone for past several months. Now all the program-server basis of both CMRL and MTC buses are finished and operating systems of these handheld ticketing system are accomplished. Leading to this the final testing process of common ticketing system is started as trial basis.
One of the CMRL official reported there are very few issues in this ticketing system that are very minor in scale. It can be resolves easily. The common system will be implemented soon in all the transportation options internally available in Chennai.
There are totally 30 slots for the Chennai Metro Rails smart card and it can be used in retails stores and parking lots as well, apart from MTC buses and metro trains. The seeding idea is to implement a common smart card for all purpose facilities in the Metropolitan city.
In two weeks the fourth and fifth stretch, Nehru Park to Chennai Central and Saidapet to AG-DMS are the routes to be opened for public use. There were speculations that CMRL will implement the common ticketing system long before the initial inauguration of Chennai Metro between Alandur and Koyambedu. But the actual ticketing system had more challenges and issues to be resolved and now the CMRL officially announced the trial version of such common ticketing system.
The unique selling point of the common ticketing is to attract more commuters in the coming months in terms of ease in taking tickets for both MTC buses, Metro Trains, Parking lots and for other on-growing facilities as well.