Weview Wednesday – Gautrain Gold Card

Farzana Rasool —  July 17, 2013 — 2 Comments

train

The advancement of technology has enhanced the human experience by an unquantifiable extent. A secondary result is the availability of several ‘crutches’ that the human brain can lean on to get its job done.

Who needs to remember birthdays when facebook will so kindly remind you? Why take note of the great point that article made when you can just save the link and revisit  it at your leisure?

The inevitable result of this is a generation that will not remember events unless they’ve been posted onto digital calendars, will take pictures of Powerpoint presentations in a lecture instead of writing down notes and who have more important things to concern themselves with than the mundane necessity of drawing money and having cash on hand to pay for daily travel.

Enter Gautrain Gold Card.

card

The prepaid card for commuters has eradicated the problematic need for public transport users to constantly make sure they have the right amount of cash on hand to be able to get home after work or to make their way to Sandton for a shopping trip. In the age of plastic, where a growing number of people are more comfortable swiping cards everywhere they go, as opposed to carrying cash around, this is especially helpful.

The gold card can be purchased from the sales desk at any Gautrain station for R12 and is used for the bus and train services, as well as for parking.

Users can load value onto the card via electronic card terminals that accept both cash and bank cards. Instead of topping up daily, Gautrain commuters can load any amount that is convenient for them, whether it be enough for a week’s worth of travel or a month.

terminals

Card scanners on the busses and at the train platform entrances read the cards and deduct the relevant amounts.

platform

Pros:

  • Convenient
  • Safer than carrying cash
  • One prepaid card works seamlessly for all Gautrain services

Cons:

  • If you’ve forgotten to load money onto your card you cannot make use of the bus and will be left stranded, since the only method for loading money onto a card is at the terminals at the station. However, every station has several terminals so remember to top up!
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2 responses to Weview Wednesday – Gautrain Gold Card

  1. 

    That’s a HUGE con and it makes the services practically unusable for the average person. It’s ridiculous that you can only acquire the means of getting to your destination AT your destination unless you spend an extra R10 to buy a new card every time. Even that is difficult as the machines at the seven elevens aren’t maintained and aren’t easy to find. Why can’t you recharge cards online? There’s no real reason, you can even register your card.

    For those who don’t commute often, asking them to spend money topping up a card when they arrive somewhere just in case they need to get there again is just stupid.

  2. 
    Farzana Rasool July 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Agreed, especially with the current user group there should definitely be online top-up options. It would be a simple solution with a massive increase in convenience.

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