This Tuesday (3), the Government of the State of São Paulo began testing the payment of tariffs via QR Code at some stations in the Subway and CPTM. The initiative is part of the plan to modernize the payment system of both companies.
The Secretariat of State for Metropolitan Transport (STM) is responsible for the project. The idea is to offer more convenience to the user and, at the same time, reduce costs related to ticket sales and validation.
This is because the QR Code can be printed at the time of purchase and, thus, the ticket office is not dependent on the availability of traditional tickets with magnetic stripe, which still bring the disadvantage of having a higher production cost.
In addition, the QR Code can also be made available in applications. With this, the user can purchase tickets on his own cell phone and avoid the ticket lines.
The tests will last 45 days. Seven stations are participating in the experiment:
- CPTM: Autódromo (Line 9 – Esmeralda), Tamanduateí (Line 10 – Turquoise), Don Bosco (Line 11 – Coral) and Guarulhos Airport (Line 13 – Jade)
- Subway: São Judas (Line 1 – Blue), Paraíso (line 1— Blue and 2 – Green) and Pedro II (Line 3 – Red)
Each station has two locks (turnstiles) with validator for QR Code. For now, tickets are only unitary and follow the current fare (R $ 4.30). They can be purchased with a debit card and printed on the self-service machines available at stations.
Tickets are also sold at the box office with cash payment. However, in the first 15 days of testing, this option will only be available from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Subsequently, sales at the box office will be made throughout the business hours.
It is also possible to make a purchase with a credit card through the VouD application, available for Android and iOS. The app displays the QR Code on the smartphone screen, so printing the ticket is not necessary.
As this is a test phase, tickets with QR Code are valid until October 18th (2019). However, STM recommends that paper tickets be used within three days of purchase to prevent the code from being damaged.
The final implementation of tickets with QR Code will depend on the test results. The idea is not new: CPTM came to test tickets with QR Code in 2016, but the project did not progress.