Public transport payment needs reform

Instead of topping up, why can't we have a monthly subscription service?

Recently, I moved to Amsterdam to study, and my place is near the Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, from which I take a tram or a train to the university. I can either get a normal ticket, or I can use my travel card in order to pay for my journey.

The latter system of payment has caused me great frustration, because I travel a lot and after a couple of days, I find that I have almost run out of money to use - for context I need to have a minimum balance of €20 on my card in order to travel.

That got me thinking: why should public transport users be forced to suffer by having to worry about topping up every time they use the metro/bus/train/tram, when the companies responsible for public transport can just create a subscription-based model for travelling?

Instead of having people pay every couple of days €50 just to use public transport and thus bankrupting themselves, these companies can allow people to pay €15-20 a month to use all of the public transport.

Not only will this be a good way to save money, but it will also maximise the amount of people using the service, since it will be very accessible and easy to use, especially for the young people coming to urban areas for work or to study.

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Comments (4)

  • How about just a system where your details are on file, like Uber - or even better, just bank card/device tap to pay same as you do in a shop?

    Totally agree that topping up transport cards is inefficient and outdated.

      23 days ago
  • Genius! Simply genius solution! Pay your Netflix and your transport subscription! That would work brilliantly! 😊

      23 days ago
  • Because that means some people would use this as an excuse to ride it excessively and companies would not profit from it.

      22 days ago
  • Sounds like a good idea to me .

      22 days ago