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Inventing a Better Ticketing Machine

The transit authority in Sweden’s southern region of Skåne wants to make the boarding process easier through tech.
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Skånetrafiken, the transit authority in Sweden’s southern region of Skåne, wants to double its ridership by 2020. One part of the equation? Cooler ticketing machines.

As part of its “future of transit” initiative, the authority put out an open call for new design ideas in February in hopes that better machines will make for happier riders and more of them. Five design firms presented their ideas as finalists in Malmö last June. According to Skånetrafiken, the final goal is to choose the design of two different ticket machines; a small machine for quick purchases and a large machine that prints tickets and handles cash with a targeted roll out of fall 2018. The winning team will receive $35,000.