Paying fare for RRTS to be easy affair

New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): Travelling on the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor between Meerut and Delhi is expected to be an easy affair. The commuters would be able to use their smartphone, credit or debit card and travel smart card of any Metro system in the country to pay for the ticket.

RRTS would also be the first transit system where “Premium Class” passengers would have to validate their tickets or cards a second time to board the high-speed train.

A spokesperson for National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) which is executing the project, said a state-of-the-art Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system would be installed. “The contactless way of entry and exit will be seamless, easy, comfortable and quick,” he added.

There would be a fully “Open Loop” system from day one of operations, which would allow different types of smart cards and QR code-based tickets to be used for travelling. This would include credit or debit cards supported by payment networks like RuPay, Mastercard and Visa, which follow National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) standards. “In addition, the smart card issued by NCRTC for travel in RRTS can also be used for retail transactions,” said the spokesperson.

A mobile app, apart from NCRTC’s website, would help commuters generate QR code-based tickets. “Paper QR tickets will be available via vending machines at stations for single journeys. NCRTC’s mobile app will also help commuters in recharging their cards, among other functions,” said the official.

Each RRTS train on the 82km corridor will have a separate business class coach called “Premium Class”, which would be more spacious and have bigger seats, apart from free on-board Wi-Fi and other facilities like a lounge at stations.

NCRTC will be the first to implement two levels of AFC media validation, one at the concourse level and the second at the platform level. Platform level AFC gates will be provided for access to the Premium Lounge for boarding the Premium Class coach,” said the spokesperson.

The installation of the AFC system has been initiated under Make-In-India guidelines of the Union government through Public Private Partnership based on hybrid annuity model. “This is the first of its kind in the country for installation of AFC systems,” the spokesperson said.

Currently, it takes about three and a half to four hours to travel by road from Begum Pul in Meerut to Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi. When RRTS becomes operational, passengers would be able to cover the same distance within an hour.

“RRTS will improve the overall quality of life of the people of NCR by providing fast, reliable, safe, comfortable and sustainable mobility solution. Construction work is in full swing and the corridor is expected to become operational by 2025,” said the official

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