This is how we will travel on public transport
In a little while from now, how people use public transport is going to change radically. First in Barcelona and later throughout Catalonia a new travel card will be introduced which will work in line with each person’s real mobility needs, without having to resort to multiple transport cards.
T-Mobilitat is a new transport system that will enable passengers to make a personalised calculation of the price of public transport. In other words, the amount users will pay will depend upon their transport routines, the kilometres they cover and the frequency with which they use public transport. The system will enter into operation in the first ring of the Barcelona area in the second half of 2018 and will be progressively extended through the remaining rings until becoming a complete reality throughout Catalonia in 2019.
T-Mobilitat is a personalised card that will gradually replace the current range of transport tickets. At the moment in the Barcelona area, for example, there are 80, and with the new system there will be only one. This simplification will also affect the current system of fare zones, which will no longer be applied as it is now. The new system will entitle frequent users to discounts and will allow for prices to be reduced to discourage the use of private vehicles in the event of episodes of atmospheric pollution.
The T-Mobilitat system will enable ticket sales on a pre-payment and post-payment (direct debit) basis, top-ups online, and payment via the mobile phone when technology so permits.
Method of payment
A significant change will be in the method of payment. While now you pay for all travel cards before you use them and you buy them in specific places (stations, tobacconists, newsagent kiosks, and so on), with the T-Mobilitat the sales system will enable pre-payment and post-payment (direct debit), top-ups online, and payment via the mobile phone when technology so permits.
How will T-Mobilitat work technically?
The new T-Mobilitat is a research, development and innovation project in the field of contactless technology, designed expressly for our transport system. It is based on cards with high-performance chips which can be recharged and which also allow for the use of mobility apps.
A high-security system, centralised in the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM), will guarantee that transactions made with the system’s cards – validations and top-ups – in real time from remote devices at stations or on buses to the central systems are correct, complete and auditable.
What will be done with the data the system receives?
Mobility data collected by the new system will enable planning and management of the public transport network to be improved, as precise information will be available about how the different services are being used.
The T-Mobilitat project was awarded to the company SocMobilitat, formed by CaixaBank, Fujitsu, Indra and Moventia, for 58.1 million euros in the last quarter of 2014. SocMobilitat is in charge of its introduction, but the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) maintains control and ownership of the system.
SocMobilitat is now carrying out the process of introduction of the necessary equipment and systems, involving the installation of some 14,000 terminals at access control points, sale and top-up machines, equipment on buses and trams, ticket offices and so on. Once this has finished, a trial period will commence in order to evaluate how well the system and its machinery works.