Travel throughout Emilia-Romagna is about to move into the digital age as smartcards revolutionise local public transport. There are four projects that will launch between now and March 2019 to make it easier to move around on trains and buses from Piacenza to Rimini to the benefit of commuters, tourists and citizens alike.
The virtual assistant is called Roger and it enables you to buy tickets, check timetables, pay for parking and retrieve the latest information on the most convenient means to reach a destination via Iter, the electronic wallet of the Mi Muovo card, in Chiamatreno, the app tested with the association of commuters that informs in real time schedules and changes in service of Tper trains, and connected with Google maps. So far it appears to be the only significant example in the world that will provide all the bus and train timetables by region (Emilia-Romagna) in real time.
The regional councillor for Mobility, Raffaele Donini, first presented the news and included a delegation of representatives from public transport companies.
“Starting today, Roger will provide all users with tickets and information for traveling in Emilia-Romagna. The app, which can be downloaded from Google play and the Apple store for Android and IOS devices, allows you to purchase with credit card – and you will soon be able to use other payment methods – all bus and train tickets.”
Not only that, through a travel planner, Roger will suggest the best route to a destination between the use of wheels and or over rail and furthermore, will allow travellers to consult the timetable of nearby stops.
Moreover, for those who travel in their own car, it will be possible to pay for parking on blue stripes, without any surcharge and only for the actual parking period. The service is currently available in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Modena, and Ravenna. Extra destination to be added incluse: San Lazzaro di Savena in Bologna, Fiorenzuola d’Arda in Piacenza, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna in Rimini, Bagno di Romagna, Cesenatico, Gatteo and Sarsina in the province of Forlì-Cesena.
Don’t worry. Forget where you left the car? Well, through a special function of the app, Roger will even show you where you left it!
Iter: an electronic wallet, which will integrate the Mi Muovo cards starting in March 2019 and will allow passengers to purchase and validate bus and regional train tickets.
It’s rechargeable in tobacconists and online via local public transport companies. You can buy the tickets for one or more areas, directly on board the bus and save on the cost of paper tickets if you travel in urban areas.
Those who have a Mi Muovo card do not have to do anything because Iter is already available automatically and can be used, from March, for all trips not included in their subscription. Those who do not have the Mi Muovo card can purchase it for 10 euros with 8 euros preloaded in the authorized stores or request it from online www.mimuovoiter.it to receive it free of charge at home.
Chiamatreno: is designed for commuters on rail, so much so that it has been tested for several months by their association, and is available via the Chiamatreno app and downloadable from Google play and the Apple store for Android and IOS devices. The online version www.chiamatreno.it allows you to consult in real time, timetables of Tper trains and to receive information on changes in services. Finally, all the timetables of buses and trains of Emilia-Romagna by March will be available in real time on Google maps.