Metrorex and local lender Banca Comercială Română implemented a new card payment solution in 9 subway stations in Bucharest, as part of a pilot program. This modern system, developed by BCR, is implemented on every access turnstile, using cutting edge integration technologies, which makes accepting the payment and unlocking the access gates at the turnstiles to be extremely fast.
It is really easy to use: the passengers have to pass any Visa or Mastercard contactless card on the turnstile, regardless of the issuing bank, and the message “Access granted” will be displayed. The cost of a trip is the same, RON 2.5, and there are no bank fees. If a person wants to pay multiple entrances with the same card, starting from the second consecutive trip, they have to press the “+” button on the turnstile screen and then pass the card on the contactless sign.
“We are really happy that we can offer this solution to our passengers on the 40th anniversary of the Bucharest subway, a smart access system, as part of our strategy to upgrade the operation conditions. The subway is a fast means of transportation, but we believe that to be fast does not only involve the trip itself, but everything related to the subway experience: from the subway entrance to the destination arrival. Our efforts to improve this experience will continue”, said Mariana Miclaus, General Manager at Metrorex.
“A truly smart city needs an easy and modern subway access. This solution was created, implemented and tested by my colleagues at BCR and the technical teams at Metrorex, it being the result of an effort that lasted almost 12 months. We are proud to be a part of the development of this contactless payment system, which is worthy of a smart city, at the Bucharest subway”, said Ciprian Nicolae, Project Manager at BCR.
“The wealth level of a city is not measured by the number of expensive cars on the street, but by the number of people who would rather use the public means of transportation. Thus, we are happy that we were a part of the development of a payment system that satisfies our expectations from a smart city, that will not only improve the quality of life of Bucharest citizens and visitors, but will also help us to reduce the pollution level”, said Cosmin Vladimirescu, Country Manager at Mastercard Romania.
The solution proposed by BCR was created based on an operation architecture regulated by VISA and Mastercard, so that cards issued anywhere in the world and having the two logos can be used for trip payment.
The contactless payment system is available in the pilot stage in stations Pipera, Aurel Vlaicu, Piata Victoriei 1 and 2, Piata Universitatii, Piata Unirii 1 and 2, TIneretului, Grozavesti, on all access gates in these stations.