Chisinau acting mayor Ruslan Codreanu has announced the municipality today started the procedure of calling for tenders to provide a long-overdue e-ticketing solution for the city’s public transport system. Municipal transport chief Lilian Copaci, however, says the announcement is not quite accurate.
Copaci said that what happened today was a meeting of the procurement commission, which discussed organizational issues, and that the call for bids would not be announced before all those issues are solved. Hopefully by the end of next week, added Copaci.
In a Facebook post, Codreanu has said e-ticketing is one of the municipality’s big projects which he is determined to implement this year. The system will cut costs, improve sales transparency, and make paying for rides more comfortable for both residents and visitors, said the acting mayor.
The municipality first pitched the e-ticketing idea in 2010, promising to implement it no later than in 2012. The deadline has since been delayed over and over.