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EXCITING: ÖBB announces new entry and exit system for Park&Ride facilities in Baden. Here's all you need to know!

EXCITING: ÖBB announces new entry and exit system for Park&Ride facilities in Baden. Here's all you need to know!
photo: Manfred Maier / ÖBB/EXCITING: ÖBB announces new entry and exit system for Park&Ride facilities in Baden. Here's all you need to know!
03 / 08 / 2022

To ensure that the customers have sufficient parking spaces available at Baden station today and in the future and can thus change comfortably and quickly to the environmentally friendly train, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG has developed a modern, up-to-date access system together with the Province of Lower Austria, which has started a one-month test operation as of today.

New access system - test phase until September 1

For the time being, the system is running in trial operation, on the one hand, to be able to test and ensure the proper functioning of the systems in continuous operation, and, on the other hand, to give customers time to get used to the modern system. This test phase will end on September 1, when the systems will be activated.

The project is being implemented by ÖBB and the city and state of Lower Austria. 

Exit with the code on the ticket

Commuters will experience as little change as possible in their usual journey to the Park & Ride facility. That is why an innovative access system without barriers is being used. The license plate number of the car entering the facility is automatically recorded by a camera. When the car leaves the Park & Ride facility, another camera records the license plate number to indicate that the same car wants to leave the facility again.

Only now does the driver have to take action and scan a valid ticket using a code on the scanner at the exit column. By linking the license plate number and the ticket, the system recognizes whether the parking was authorized, and the green light signals the exit.

If you have a permanent ticket, e.g. a weekly, monthly or annual pass, you have the advantage that you only have to scan the ticket on the first exit. The parking authorization is then stored for the duration of the validity period of the permanent ticket. The traffic light immediately switches to green. Valid tickets are public transport tickets with a code. These are one-way tickets and season tickets such as weekly, monthly or annual passes as well as the ÖBB Österreichcard and the Klimaticket. Printed tickets can be scanned in the same way as digital tickets, the so-called "Handy-Ticket". 

Barrier-free and uncomplicated

This barrier-free system was successfully tested in a pilot project in St. Valentin. It is now being rolled out continuously - primarily to the heavily frequented Park & Ride facilities and parking decks in the Vienna area. An expansion to a total of 21 locations is planned for this year.

Innovation partnership between ÖBB and the Province of Lower Austria

Together with the province of Lower Austria, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG is developing various services at Park & Ride facilities as part of the innovation partnership. These include real-time information on the utilization of P&R in route planner apps, as well as the verification of so-called use in conformity with zoning regulations through the development and construction of access systems, as is now being used at St. Pölten station. In addition, services are being tested that are designed to make it even easier for customers to switch to rail. These include, for example, booking selected parking spaces at Park & Ride facilities.


Source: ÖBB Press Releases