New card readers

For quicker validation when boarding 

Since May, new card readers are gradually being installed on buses. This new equipment will be put into service in 2020, once enough vehicles are equipped.

The new equipment will be used to validate OPUS cards and L’Occasionnelle fare cards, while magnetic strip cards and cash fares will be processed as usual via the fare box.

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The card reader validates whether you have the correct fare on your card to board the bus. More modern and efficient than the card readers integrated into fare collection boxes, the new card readers will gradually become part of your daily routine.

Why?

For quicker boarding

The new card readers will read your card twice as fast, which will speed up boarding.

For improved accessibility

Universal accessibility will be enhanced through a larger screen, improved audio function and an optimized location.

To allow all-door boarding

Once the new card readers are activated, boarding via rear doors will still be permitted, under the same conditions. However, payment will no longer be on the honour system. You will have to validate your fare using the new equipment. Customers paying a cash fare or a fare on a magnetic strip card will have to use the front door to board the bus.

Bank card payment

This will be introduced once the technological infrastructure is in place. Until then, only smart cards (OPUS, L’Occasionnelle) will be accepted.

Major phases of the project

May 2019 to November 2020

Installation of card readers on buses. A card reader will be located next to the fare box at the front of each bus. For articulated buses, two additional card readers will be installed at the back, near each door.

Spring 2020

A few card readers will be activated to test the software. If the test is conclusive, the card readers will gradually be activated, one sector at a time.

Spring 2020 to November 2020

The card readers will gradually be put into service across the entire network by November 2020.

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