E-ticketing in Fiji is expected to get off the ground by September 3, this year.
It will be first introduced to subsidised school children in the central division where 15 schools have been identified.
“Each subsidised school student will be issued with a smart card that contains details from the fare, to the stages and the balance of the service. The service will have six bus companies to cater for this,” Land Transport Authority media spokesperson Alfred Wiliame said in a statement.
LTA’s project team headed by the CEO, Naisa Tuinaceva, has been tasked by the Government to ensure e-ticketing does take off next month.
“This had been a challenging project, however, with continuous discussions with stakeholders and the solution providers, we are adamant that we should meet the dead line,” he said in the statement.
“The e-ticketing has been in dialogue for the past three years and we believe that there is sufficient substance to see it through. All stakeholders however, involved in this mandate should be able to synchronise well because they have been in the loop for a while now.”
The LTA project team met with solution providers last week to discuss on a possible solution and a central data base where all information transacted is stored and accessible to authorised users.
The e-ticketing will later be introduced to all members of the public by January next
year after the school phases are completed.
The e-ticketing is aimed to provide transparency in revenue data collected and will avoid any cash transaction in daily operation.