Beijing's metro system to enable QR code scanning
Passengers will have access to all subway lines in Beijing by using their cellphones to scan a QR code by the first quarter of 2018, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.
From August 20, Beijing's metro passengers can pre-purchase tickets to the airport online. On arriving at the selected departure station, they can pick up the tickets by scanning the QR code at the online ticket pick-up machine.
Starting September 1, pick-up points for online tickets will also be available at 20 of the city's busiest subway stations, including Wukesong, Xidan, Tian'anmen East, Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang, Olympic Sports Center, Beijing West Railway Station.
On average, the Beijing rail transit system now handles over ten million journeys a day – and more than 11 million on weekdays, among which 15 percent of those passengers purchase one-way tickets at stations. This means that every day 700,000 passengers have to wait in line for half an hour or even more to purchase tickets at manual or automatic ticket windows.
To solve these problems, Easy Access APP, the official service platform for online sales of one-way metro tickets in Beijing commenced operations on August 18, offering a trial service of tickets sales on routes to the airport. From September 20, passengers will be able to scan the QR code on the app to make their way in or out of stations.
The APP, available on smartphones running on iOS and Android operational systems, is the first ticket service platform enabling mobile payment in the Beijing rail transit system. Fare policy remains the same on the app.