ONE year on from the merger of French National Railways (SNCF) and infrastructure owner French Rail Network (RFF) into a single organisation with SNCF Mobility as the operator and SNCF Network the infrastructure manager, SNCF president Mr Guillaume Pepy says work is progressing to transform SNCF into an international transport group.
With widespread adoption and seemingly limitless capabilities, smartphones are revolutionising how passengers use and interact with rail transport. Frank Nosbers, senior consultant at BearingPoint, considers current and future smartphones uses, which he argues could benefit public transport as a whole.
Mobile phone ticketing is projected to expand greatly over the next few years. Kamran Yazdanjoo, director of open payments at Cubic Transportation Systems, considers the advantages of this technology and its impact on passengers using future transit services.
Transport for London (TfL) is developing an open payment system in which a debit or credit card replaces a conventional ticket or smart card. Mike Burden, commercial manager at Consult Hyperion, Britain, highlights some of the key issues for other operators thinking of moving to similar bank-card-based systems.