INTERNET bus-and-tram passes for use on Bratislava public transport (MHD) were launched on February 1, 2009. The new service is being offered as a trial service until the end of May via www.dpb.sk, the website of the Bratislava Transport Company Bratislava (DPB), the SITA newswire wrote.
DPB launched the service after a successful trial of one-off ticket sales via SMS mobile phone text messaging.
“With this service, we intend to address the three-quarters of passengers who carry bus-and-tram passes,” said Branislav Záhradník, the head of DPB’s board of directors.
It means passengers shouldn’t have to go to a DPB sales point to buy the passes, but can instead buy them at any time from anywhere with internet access. According to Záhradník, they can thus avoid the long queues which occasionally develop at DPB sales points, especially at busy times such as the beginning of the calendar or school years. At the same time, DPB also assured customers that the traditional sales points won't be closing.
On the company's website passengers can choose to make internet purchases in the left-hand column marked ePCL, i.e. internet-pass. The customer types in the series number (SNR) of their existing card, which is printed on the front, and a security code. They must then fill in a form in which they choose the kind of pass they want, the zones covered and the duration of the pass.
The customer also has to provide an e-mail address to which the system will send payment confirmation and details about activation of the pass. When using a bank transfer to pay, the transport company recommends making the payment at least four working days before the date of required validity.