Govt begins process to replace e-Ticketing system

Govt begins process to replace e-Ticketing system

By Rashika Kumar
Friday 17/11/2023
Photo: File

The government with other relevant stakeholders are working on implementing a new bus electronic ticketing system that intends to replace the current e-Ticketing system.

The Ministry of Communications says the current e-Ticketing system was launched in October 2017 and has over 1.9 million registered cards and 2.5 million disposable cards issued since its launch.

They say the system has been credited with improving the efficiency and transparency of the bus industry and has made it easier for passengers to pay their fares.

The Ministry says the e-Ticketing system is currently used by all 57 bus companies in Fiji – supporting both long-haul and short-haul bus services and is managed by Vodafone Fiji Limited.

They say with the current e-Ticketing system approaching the end of its operational life, the Technical Working Group comprising of representatives from the Ministry of Public Works, Meteorological Services, and Transport, and stakeholders have meticulously assessed the challenges of the current e-Ticketing System and have actively sought ways to overcome these challenges and enhance the system, aiming to improve public services.

The Ministry says this joint effort reflects a proactive commitment to ensure the continued effectiveness of the electronic ticketing infrastructure, aligning it with evolving technological standards and the evolving needs of public services.

Minister for Communications, Manoa Kamikamica says this new system will not only modernise the existing public transportation fare collection processes but will also pave the way for its expansion to other modes of public service transportation alongside the maritime sector, and he welcome this unreservedly.

The Ministry is calling on interested parties to express their interest in participating in the procurement and implementation of a cutting-edge Electronic Ticketing System.

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