With about 1.8 million active ez-link cards due to expire this year, EZ-Link is embarking on a massive six-month exercise to replace them for free.
From today till Dec 31, commuters with cards that expire this year can get them replaced at any TransitLink ticket office at no cost.
The large volume is due to the fact that these cards were issued in 2009, when the ticketing system for public rail and bus transport switched to a new standard.
Ez-link cards have a five-year lifespan, and usually have to be bought at a non-refundable cost of $5. Any value in the old cards can be transferred to the new ones.
EZ-Link, a fully owned subsidiary of the Land Transport Authority, expects to give away more than one million cards during the six months. The replacement exercise is expected to cost several million dollars and EZ-Link will foot the bill.
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