By Peter Usman/:
The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC has said that it has commenced the e-ticketing for train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route so as to reduce stress in accessing ticket.
The NRC Managing Director, Mr Fidet Okhiria, told journalists on Wednesday in Abuja that the process would be on test run for a week before its formal inauguration on 20 January.
He said, “We have commenced the e-ticketing for the Abuja -Kaduna train service today. We intend to test-run this process for about a week after which the formal inauguration will be done at the Ministry of Transportation on Jan. 20.
“The essence of this e-ticketing is to enable people to access tickets easily with fewer hurdles and especially during this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic”
According to Okhiria, the e-ticketing platform will guarantee orderliness in purchasing of tickets and address some major security challenges in the country.
The Managing Director said that the e-ticketing would also ensure that the database of all passengers boarding the train were captured in case of emergencies and for other purposes.
An e-ticket (short for electronic ticket) is stored in the airline/train’s reservation system and therefore eliminates the need for a printed ticket.
The passengers are expected to check in with a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport) to receive their boarding pass.