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Ticket for Mass Transit System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083796D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Palmer, BI: AUTHOR

Abstract

The drawing shows a ticket which can be used in an integrated mass transit system on buses and trams, as well as on a metro. The ticket 1 contains a humanly-readable field 2, whose purpose is to identify the number of fare stages (units of travel) travelled by the passenger. Also, on ticket 1 is magnetic stripe 3 on which can be magnetically encoded the number of the ticket, its value, the station where the passenger gained access to the transit system, etc. 0ther information can be printed on the ticket, such as guidance to the passenger as to how to use his ticket at an automatic entry or exit gate.

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Ticket for Mass Transit System

The drawing shows a ticket which can be used in an integrated mass transit system on buses and trams, as well as on a metro. The ticket 1 contains a humanly-readable field 2, whose purpose is to identify the number of fare stages (units of travel) travelled by the passenger. Also, on ticket 1 is magnetic stripe 3 on which can be magnetically encoded the number of the ticket, its value, the station where the passenger gained access to the transit system, etc. 0ther information can be printed on the ticket, such as guidance to the passenger as to how to use his ticket at an automatic entry or exit gate.

The ticket would be sold from vendors situated at bus stations, post offices, tobacconists, metro stations, etc. around the city and would be worth so many "units of travel". At the option of the Transport Executive, these units of travel could represent actual rides or journeys rather than fare stages, as shown.

When the prospective traveller purchases a ticket, choosing for example 10 units, the vendor will cancel the upper units as shown by punching holes 4 in the ticket. The partially-cancelled ticket can then be presented on a bus or tram and the number of fare stages travelled can be cancelled, either manually by the driver or conductor using a simple punch or automatically by a simple machine located on the bus or tram.

The same ticket can be used in a metro system in which automatic exit and entry gates are used. When presented...