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Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Train passengers can now pay their fare using a credit or debit card at some stations. The Institute of Railways tested out the cashless option for six months before it was approved.
The new system is available for the route between the provinces of San Josť and Cartago. Next week, the routes between the provinces of Heredia and Alajuela will be added. The rest of the routes will be enabled in October, as the transition is a gradual one, the Institute of Railways said.
Using credit cards allows travelers to avoid the risks of using cash. The fare price remains the same regardless of payment method.
To pay for the tickets, a member of the train staff with the use of a portable PDQ terminal (Process Data Quickly) selects the route requested by the passenger. The system determines the rate to pay. The ticket payment with a contactless card will be processed in seconds. The passenger will receive by email their ticket stub and receipt.
In case of card problems, the passenger can make the payment in cash.
The authorities of the Ministry of Transport announced that they are working to develop the same payment system in public buses, which could be ready next year.
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