OPUS card

OPUS card
OPUS Card
Opuscard.png
Location Quebec, Canada
Launched 2008-2009
Currency CAD
Credit expiry None
Auto recharge AMT TRAM Passes only.
Validity Agence métropolitaine de transport
  Société de transport de Montréal
  Société de transport de Laval
  Réseau de transport de Longueuil
  Reseau de transport de la Capitale
  All Suburban transit authorities (see article)
Website carteopus.info
An OPUS card reader located at the Bonaventure Metro Station
Typical recharging station inside a Montreal Metro.

OPUS is the name of a rechargeable contactless stored value smart card being gradually introduced in most of the public transit systems in the Canadian province of Quebec.[1][2] One card can contain up to four different kinds of fares. (An OPUS card can contain, for example, 1 STM monthly pass, 10 STL tickets, 6 CIT Laurentides tickets and 2 train tickets for AMT zone 5.) One transit fare simply overrides the other 3 when paying at any machine in a similar fashion to PayPass. The main goal behind the creation of this card is to reduce the amount of fare evasion that takes place in the province's transit systems.

The card can be found inside various points of sale where local transit fares are currently sold. Recharging stations can be found at Montreal Metro stations, train stations, and Agence metropolitaine de transport bus terminals, as well as where local transit fares are sold.

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Participating transit authorities

Transit Authority Participant Since Validation Method
Agence métropolitaine de transport[3] Fall[when?] 2008 ACS E-Validator
Société de transport de Montréal[4] Fall 2008 GFI Genfare Odyssey
Société de transport de Laval[5] Fall 2008 GFI Genfare Odyssey
Réseau de transport de Longueuil[6] Fall 2008 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
Réseau de transport de la Capitale[7] Fall 2008 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT Sorel-Varennes[8] February 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT Laurentides March 2009 GFI Genfare Odyssey
CIT Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan April 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT Le Richelain April 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT Roussillon April 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
Ville de Sainte-Julie April 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT La Presqu'Île May 2009 Proxibus VPE 415 Proximity Reader
CIT Vallée-Richelieu April 2010 ITSMAX Electronic Farebox[9]
CRT Lanaudière April 2010 ITSMAX Electronic Farebox
CIT Sud Ouest April 2010 ITSMAX Electronic Farebox
CIT Haut-Saint-Laurent April 2010 ITSMAX Electronic Farebox

Rollout phases

  • Spring[when?] 2008 - Testing with employees of transit authorities and select groups of testers.
  • Spring 2008 - Deployed for users of the RTL only.
  • Fall 2008 - Deployed for students on all three transit authorities as well as AMT TRAM users.
  • Late Fall 2008 - Deployed for all regular fare users of all three transit authorities as well as AMT TRAM users.
  • Spring 2009 - Start of deployment for users of CIT systems.
  • Spring 2010 - End of deployment for users of CIT systems.

References

External links

See also

  • Navigo (same technology)
  • Octopus card
  • Oyster card
  • Calypso (electronic ticketing system)
  • Metrocard is an older technology used by the New York Bus and subways

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