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  • iPhone Giving Amtrak Passengers an Electronic Ticket to Ride

    Last year, the corporate powers that be at Amtrak decided to begin equipping their conductors with company-issued iPhones. Passengers, however, didn't initially reap the benefits of Amtrak's adoption of technology. But that will change this summer.

    According to an announcement this week by Amtrak, passengers will soon be able to print tickets or "load a special bar code" on their smartphone screens. From there, conductors can scan the tickets or barcodes and effectively go paperless.

    By late summer, 1,700 conductors will be using the devices on Amtrak trains across the country, the company said.
    “You don’t even need to print the document and bring it with you,” said Matt Hardison, chief of sales distribution at Amtrak. “We’ve made a number of important improvements for both our customers and Amtrak, all in one fell swoop.”

    With everything from airlines tickets to movie tickets going digital at a rapid pace, it seems only fitting that commuter rail passengers are now afforded the same courtesy of cutting edge technologies and the conveniences they bring.

    Source: New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Giving Amtrak Passengers an Electronic Ticket to Ride started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      Woo, makes life slightly more convenient the rare times I take a train somewhere.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      seems reasonable. perpetually bankrupt entity replaces $2 hole punchers with $300 phones. okeedokee.
    1. LTechTalk's Avatar
      LTechTalk -
      I think it's better ! Cool !