DB and VDV have introduced City-Ticket, allowing passengers travelling over 100 km using a BahnCard to complete their journey by bus, tram and metro in 46 German cities without further payment. It is hoped to expand City-Ticket to all cities of over 120000 residents.

The Ontario provincial government has allocated funding of C$40m for GO Transit to develop a regional multi-mode smart card to replace life-expired fare collection equipment in Toronto.

NSInternationaal plans to close its booking offices in 2005. Cross-border tickets will be sold from vending machines, by telephone and on-line. On March 1 NS will introduce a surcharge of €0·50 to €1 on passengers buying over the counter tickets also available from machines.

Innovision Research & Technology is to unveil a low-cost radio-frequency identification chip for smart ticketing applications at the UITP fare collection conference in Bologna this month. The silicon area of the Jewel chip is 20% smaller than current products, reducing manufacturing costs and helping to make contactless technology affordable for single-use ticketing as well as high-value season tickets.

Innovision Research & Technology, UK

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