Wanted: a common ticket

To enable seamless switches between Chennai Metro and MTC buses, commuters need a common ticket or smart card. But nearly five years after launching its first service, only now has Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) begun testing the compatibility of its smart cards with the hand-held ticket issuing devices of MTC.

CMRL officials said that a few issues had cropped up, which need to be resolved before the common ticketing system was ready for implementation. Once the system takes off, passengers will be able to use their Metro smart cards on MTC buses.

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