The T-Mobilitat is the chip card in a new contactless validation system soon to be implemented on public transport.
What is the T-Mobilitat?
It is a contactless card. It can be used as a physical plastic card, or in electronic format, via mobile phones with NFC technology.
The body that establishes the characteristics of the card is the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM).
How does it work?
Initially, the T-Mobilitat will be used to buy the tickets and travel cards that are currently available. Later on, purchases will be virtual and tickets and travel cards will no longer be paper cards with a magnetic strip. They will be available as a plastic card or in the app. Single tickets may be paid for by credit card.
The ATM aims to make T-Mobilitat useable via other devices, such as smartwatches. Paper tickets will not disappear overnight, but will exist alongside the T-Mobilitat for a while. The idea is that the 88 travel cards currently in use will be phased out and a flat rate introduced for fare zone one.
The next step will be to introduce the T-Mobilitat throughout the metropolitan area, when payment will be made at the end of the journey, depending on the distance travelled. Users will pay according to their travel habits and prices will be adjusted according to the number of kilometres covered and the frequency with they travel on public transport.
When will it be introduced?
The system will be introduced in the autumn of 2018 in fare zone one and then, gradually, in zone two. Subsequently, early in 2019, the system will be extended to the rest of the ATM area and, by the end of the year, to the rest of Catalonia.