BC Transit would do well to see how transit payment apps and methods have been implemented in other parts of the world before deciding to do away with transfers because they are hard to deal with (‘Transfer fate trips up transit changes in Kamloops for now,’ April 3).
More than a decade ago, several cities in New Zealand implemented a tag on and off system using an NFC card.
A phone app would work just as well today.
Transit users would swipe their card at the start and end of each ride. The system would deduct the charge for the number of zones crossed accordingly, no matter how many buses or train segments were used.
If the zone charges exceeded the cost of a day pass, the day rate got charged instead.
This system is called Snapper and can be licensed by Transit providers.