“Cashless” system could hit public transportation sector soon

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“Cashless” system could hit public transportation sector soon


Implementation of a cashless transport system is currently in its consultation phase, President of National Council of Public Transportation (NCOPT) Godfrey Ferdinand told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today.

“We have met with the south and some of the associations in the north. We are meeting to discuss the implementation and to ensure that some of the member are okay with it,” Ferdinand told SNO.

According to the council, a public awareness campaign in relation to the implementation will be launched in an effort to raise awareness and to educate commuters of the system.

Ferdinand explained that the council is looking to implement the cashless system using a card consisting of digital data and fares, similar to that of the telephone card system.

The card, which would be scanned upon entry of a bus by the passenger, will automatically transfer the fare to the driver’s account, Ferdinand disclosed.

Drivers are expected to benefit from the implementation of this system in a number of ways: collecting fares in an effective manner, greater security and to bring a resolution to conflict over fares.

“It also eliminates the issue of school children losing their money, because the system will make provision for a digital watch that you can scan and top-up a card, so the child can have a card for a week or month with a security code. So they are a lot of benefits to it,” he explained.

The system could be introduced to St Lucia’s public transport system by a local subsidiary of a US-based company, Transco Limited.

Upon subscription, drivers will be equipped with a scanning machine, installed by Transco Limited.

Ferdinand told SNO that .5 percent of the receipt will go to the council to finance the monitoring of the cashless system and 1.5 percent to Transco.

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  1. This system works perfectly in developed countries with State-run public transportation systems. Having said this; have the key stakeholders analyze the viability of such a system in the context of a country like St Lucia, (which only has a transportation system operated by private individuals)?

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  2. hmm I will like to see the proposal on paper. all the fees, the additional cost. etc etc how the bus fares will b arranged. it could have some benefits but we mus make sure the people who are the ones who will b usin it, we hav to make sure they are not taken advantage of.

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  3. That's the best news I've heard from the NCOPT in a while. Way to go guys hats off to you Mr. President job well done

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  4. The greedy drivers always use the center lanes just to play more greediness. Overtaking is all they think about. And who can get to the peg first and fastest. They should be paying tax . its a business that they have. Its time. Bring the system in. And also bus stops will have to be specialized in the south.

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  5. This is a great system in theory but in reality it may be a very difficult system to put into place. Are St Lucian's ready for standardized bus fare pricing? For example: Gros Islet Buses standard price may be $3.00 no matter where you boarded the bus,
    - in town or joined the bus at Marisule. This is how buses are operated in the US, will this be so in St Lucia?

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  6. I think that's a great system it's being used in the USA it's a great way to save money especially for a family with more than two school kids. They should also try to have consumers add this to their tax at the end of the to get a little money back.

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  7. Great idea bravo. But you drivers will now have to pay the government tax . Good way for the government to collect revenue from you bus drivers because that is long over due to the government of St lUCIA.

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  8. NCOPT is allegedly corrupt. Mr Godfrey Ferdinand and his board have not been able to have a shareholders meeting in over a year no financial report either. dont trust them drivers they are crooks!

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  9. BA please do not speak if what you have to say is so negative.
    It is about time St Lucia caught up with the rest of the world.

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    • I think Lucian has a point. This means they will have to install a different fare for EVERY stop. This isn't like the buses in the US where ONE FARE will take you from the beginning to the end of the route or from where the route begins and where you get off 4, 5, or 6 stops down the road.

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      • thank you are you serious that to is exactly what i was asking in my previous comment and we in saint lucia have alot of stops

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  10. Operators have more to win than lose with this system. For example no one will just come and drop what they want in your hand then say "I'm short of $.50" can u imagine how much you lose on a daily basis with this kind of Attitude,Thinking and Approach?

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  11. woo sounds good but how is that system goin to work when not all of us get off at the same place and distance thats different price ranges oh well i guess it will work out some way or another

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  12. great! just earlier this week I was asking when will that become a reality. on that note, buses (M plates) should stick to the outer lane....and stop moving from lane to lane.

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