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Rejsekort (Official translation: TRAVEL CARD) is an electronic ticket system for public transport in Denmark. The system is a collaborative work between DSB, HUR, Ørestadsselskabet, and various regional bus companies, and work on it started on August 18, 2003. In June 2005, the Thales Group and Accenture were chosen as suppliers.
The total cost of the system will be between €200 and €270 million.
The system will replace the current zone ticket system. Instead, fares will be calculated from the distance made from the beginning of the journey to the end, as the crow flies, so as to give a better correlation between price and distance travelled. Like the current system, the Rejsekort will work universally for trains, buses, and metro trains.
Either a superpersonal, a personal, or an anonymous card will be issued to passengers. The superpersonal card will have a picture of the owner on it, and only the owner will be able to use it. The personal card will be attached to an owner, but everyone will be able to use it, e.g. groups. The anonymous card will not be attached to an owner.
The card must be checked in at a card reader at the start and the end of a journey, and the system will automatically calculate the price of the journey; failure to do so will result in a fine. The money is deducted from a prepaid account; alternatively, a card can be signed up for a payment scheme so that the money is automatically deducted from the holder's bank account. The more trips a passenger makes per month, the less money each trip will cost. The current discount system works that way, too; however, this system is limited to a set number of zones, while the new discount system will apply nation-wide.
There will be no ticket gates at stations, because it would lead to closing many smaller entrances, and thus it would take longer time to check in; it has also been decided that the current punch card system, which does not have gates, works fine.
It is expected that Skånetrafiken in Scania in Sweden will implement a system akin to the Danish. Therefore, the Rejsekort system will be prepared to work with the Scanian, so as to allow passengers to easily travel over the Oresund Bridge. The current cross border paper tickets are also accepted on local traffic, and should do so also in the future. However Skånetrafiken did in 2009 introduce a different electronic card system, which is incompatible with Rejsekort. The new Skånetrafiken system is electronic only for buses, while for trains a paper ticket must be printed.
Timetable for implementation
|This article is outdated. (July 2011)|
The Rejsekort system was tested between Roskilde and Tølløse in December 2007. Plans to roll the system out to the whole of Zealand in 2008 and 2009 have been shelved due to delays, and have instead been replaced with the following timetable:
- Testing between Taastrup and Holbæk at the end of 2008
- Rollout to paying customers between Taastrup and Holbæk at the start of 2009
- South Zealand at the end of 2009
- West Zealand in the beginning of summer 2010
- Capital Region of Denmark (essentially Copenhagen and surrounding areas) in the autumn of 2010
- North Jutland in the autumn of 2010
- DSB's stations on Funen and the rest of Jutland in the autumn of 2010
- The rest of the busses in Jutland in the autumn of 2011
- "Danish Rejsekort timetable (in Danish)". Retrieved 2008-08-11.