Trial of bus pass readers underway


The Ulaanbaatar Auto Road Authority (UARA) started running trials of their new bus pass readers last week, with a plan to shift to an electronic ticketing system by July.
The pass readers are now installed in 20 buses and 10 trolleybuses belonging to three different state-owned bus operators so far. Passengers will pay bus fares in cash until the electronic bus pass becomes available for its first stage of sales.
The UARA reported that 450 booths for bus pass sales and fare recharging will be set up near bus stops, while 50 more will be located inside department stores in Ulaanbaatar.
Bus fare collection boxes have been installed in the buses next to the driver’s seat. Passengers will be asked to enter the buses through front door and put their 500 MNT fare into the boxes while boarding. Change will not be provided by drivers.
A customer service center will open next month at the UARA to receive comments, complaints and suggestions from passengers regarding the new electronic ticketing system.
“The elderly, people with disabilities, and the police will ride buses with the ‘Pass for Discount Provided Passengers’, school students will receive the ‘Pass for Children’, university students will show their student ID cards, while others will buy the ‘Pass for Passengers’,” said Ch.Enkhbat, Chief of the UARA.
Ten teams joined by Mongolian and South Korean officials are currently working to check each bus providing public transport in Ulaanbaatar to set up the reader. The bus pass system trial will be complete by the end of June.
All 1,200 buses providing public transportation in Ulaanbaatar will start collecting fares through bus passes starting on July 1. GPS tracking devices, LED displays showing bus routes and announcing next bus stops, as well as three surveillance cameras per vehicle will also be installed in each public bus as part of system upgrades.
The bus pass system is being introduced as part of the “Adopting electronic ticketing and monitoring system to Ulaanbaatar public transport” program under the Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s action plan for 2013 to 2016.
Ulaanbaatar administrators signed an agreement in September 2014 to introduce the new system.
The new system is expected to save passengers time and money, improve safety, increase the efficiency of public transportation services, offer better control of state budget allocations for transportation companies, and prevent financial losses for bus operators.


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