Reims has launched its multiservice digital card for students with the support of the Caisse des Dépôts Group

On 6 July, Catherine Vautrin, the President of Reims Métropole and of France University Cities Association, launched the multiservice card which provides access to the different services concerning student life, including the payment of public transport operated by Transdev. Caisse des Dépôts facilitated the setting of this innovation.

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A first for Transdev

In common with Strasbourg, Rennes and Toulouse, Reims is now one of France pioneering university cities offering its students what is effectively a digital passport in the form of a single card that gives access to the entire range of local student services:

  • access to University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne ( Urca ) services: use of the lending library, signing up for sports activities, obtaining print-outs and photocopies from the university library;
  • access to the new Crous e-money system, which enables students to access university restaurants and cafeterias using contactless payment and also to manage their online account easily and simply;
  • access to Reims public transport services, by charging either a single ticket or subscription directly to the card. Citura service (buses and trams) has been operated by Transdev, a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, since 2011. This is the first multiservice student card to include access to Transdev urban public transport services;
  • ultimately, the possibility of using the card to access local authority services (museum, swimming pool, library).

A total of 12,000 Urca-Crous-Transdev multiservice cards will be issued to first-year students entering the university at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. The rollout will continue over the following years until 100% of Reims students (with the exception of those at business schools) are in possession of the card.

Caisse des Dépôts, facilitating the introduction of the student pass

As a partner to Reims Métropole in its territorial strategy, Caisse des Dépôts played the role of lead contractor on this project, networking between two entities with which it enjoys special relations:

  • Transdev Reims, a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, operator of the Citura network,
  • Urca, a long-standing partner: as well as supporting the university in putting its digital master plan into operation, Caisse des Dépôts also supports the university Grand Campus project.
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