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Leap Card update - early September

Over 120,000 people are already using a Leap Card to pay for their public transport journeys around Dublin. Since its launch just 9 months ago, over 7.1 million passenger journeys have already been taken using a Leap Card and over €13.5 million travel credit has been topped up by users. Sales remain strong and the number of people using Leap continues to grow with approximately 2,000 people per week getting their card.

Leap Card, a beginner’s guide

  • Leap Card is the new way to pay for travel around Dublin. It can be used on all Dublin Bus, Luas, and DART services as well as Commuter Rail services in Dublin’s ‘Short Hop Zone’.
  • Users can simply buy a Leap Card, at a Leap Card shop, there’s about 400 in Dublin, or online at, top it up with Travel Credit, and then use on the participating services.
  • Public transport users who currently pay cash to buy single tickets should get a Leap Card because:
    • Leap Card fares are up to 11% cheaper than Dublin Bus single tickets, up to 17% cheaper than Luas singles, and up to 18% cheaper than DART and Commuter Rail singles.
    • It’s flexible and convenient and can be used on the vast majority of public transport in Dublin - No more rooting around in pockets for the right change. Just pay the appropriate fare with the Travel Credit on a Leap Card.
    • Once travel credit runs low simply top it up again.
    • Users can register their Leap Card online to protect their travel credit if their card is lost or stolen.

Recent Leap Enhancements

Irish Rail ticket machines in Dublin have recently been Leap enabled and are already proving very popular with customers for both purchasing and topping up Leap Cards. A new Student Travelcard has recently been launched in time for the 2012/2013 academic year. The new Student Travelcard can be used by students as an ID to buy special student tickets as well as to pay-as-you-go for travel in the Dublin area by Topping Up with Travel Credit and using it like a Leap Card. Full time second or third level student can apply for a Student Travelcard. A €12 non-refundable fee (€15 if using a campus agent) is charged for a Student Travelcard. For more information visit

Enhancements under Development

Auto Top Up is the next major development. Auto Top-Up will be the easiest way to Top Up a Leap Card as it will allow users to automatically top up their card with funds from a nominated bank account, whenever their Travel Credit balance falls below €10. We’re testing it at the moment. A range of additional features are also in the pipeline including:

  • More private bus operators, and Bus Éireann in the greater Dublin area.
  • Fare Capping– this is where the system will cap your use of Travel Credit at the price of an equivalent daily or weekly ticket.
  • Ticket products such as annual and monthly tickets.

Danish travel card news – September 2012

The highlights since our last meeting in May are:

Roll out
  • The last groups of busses in Copenhagen went into operation with the travel card by 1st July.
  • All the DSB rail station on Funen and in Jutland also went into operation with the travel card by 1st July.
  • The Arriva rail stations in Jutland went into operation by 1st September.
  • The remaining busses in North Jutland goes into operation by 1st October.
  • In conclusion we are then in operation with 90+ % of the originally contracted geographical base.
Customer uptake
  • Current number of travel cards issued is around 150.000. The split is around 60 % of strictly personal card, 40 % flex/personalized and 1-2 % anonymous cards.
  • Around 50.000 travel cards in use every week doing 180.000 journeys.
  • The weekly reload amount is € 600.000.
  • Customer growth has deliberately been kept low and the period used to stabilize processes.
  • The Danish parliament did in June decide on a wide ranging project package for public transport including measures for the travel card:
    • 1 million personal travel cards are free in 2013 and 2014, against the normal price of € 6.7.
    • Off-peak rebate of 20 % for local journeys from 2013 onwards.
    • Extended student/youth card offer giving unlimited local travel and all other travel at 50 % reduction for € 40 /month starting mid 2013.
  • Marketing to increase customer take up will start 1 October leading up to the start of the above incentives early 2013.
  • New customer registration and card ordering is about 75 % self service on the Internet.
  • Self service reloads (Auto, Internet & RVM) is now 80 % of reload amounts and 72 % of reload actions.
  • Customer satisfaction is still good and significantly better than general perception.
  • Customer queries to call center still surprisingly high with 3,500 calls per week of which >50 % is pure information seeking. This is point of attention for customer growth.

System aspects

  • Prototype for new ergonomic, lightweight inspection reader for travel cards, barcode and SMS tickets approved in June. Operational use starts Q1 2013.
  • Check In validators with facilities for composing a group comes into operation end September on all train stations (local, regional, metro etc.)
  • Missing check out is around 1-1.5 % in regions where the travel card has been in commercial use for 1 year or more, but about 3 % in Greater Copenhagen area, which is opened in 2012 with nearly no marketing/information campaign.

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