Redesigning Rate Systems in Public Transport: Requirements in Electronic Fare Management System



Redesigning Rate Systems in Public Transport: Requirements in Electronic Fare Management System

Authors

Erika Garay-Bezanilla, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

Description

Electronic ticketing in public transport can have a significant influence on the rate system, unlike in air transport.

Abstract

Electronic ticketing in public transport can have a significant influence on the rate system, unlike in air transport.

This research focuses on identification of weaknesses in current rate systems and the identification of opportunities for improvement with the implementation of an electronic fare management system (EFM) using the example of the Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV).
The research method used includes morphological analysis and cross-consistency assessments in order to identify, categorize and evaluate the characteristics and elements of rate systems and EFM systems to look for integrated solutions.

The findings from this research provide evidence that the current rate system of the RMV was appropriate by the time of its foundation and now changes should be made to improve its weaknesses. EFM draws the path towards a flexible rate, allowing for the consideration of pre-viously infeasible aspects: more easily than before, prices in relation-related rates can be adapted to demand, time of journey and distance travelled. Prices can also be adjusted to local conditions, e.g. public transport offer (timetables).

Therefore, in this paper it is explained how this new setting of rate generates new requirements on the electronic fare management system.

The findings from this research provide evidence that the current rate system of the RMV was appropriate by the time of its foundation and now changes should be made to improve its weaknesses. EFM draws the path towards a flexible rate, allowing for the consideration of pre-viously infeasible aspects: more easily than before, prices in relation-related rates can be adapted to demand, time of journey and distance travelled. Prices can also be adjusted to local conditions, e.g. public transport offer (timetables).

Publisher

Association for European Transport