- Metro passengers make 2.5 million smart journeys
- Smart ticketing is neigh bother in Douglas, Isle of Man
- Centro urges passengers to hop on board for Catch the Bus Week
- City centre shop staff ditch the car for Catch the Bus Week
- New concessionary travel system takes flight in the islands
- Centro demonstrates smart ticketing pilot to European partners
- Reading cow poo bus sets speed record
- New smartcard for buses in Weston-super-Mare
- Reading Bus to attempt world records on poo bus
- Transport Focus publishes survey results for Norfolk holdall® card
- ACT opens new office and test centre in Cardiff
- Abellio launch new ScotRail franchise
- 64% prefer to pay by smartcard in West Yorkshire
- Smart travel gains momentum across the country
- East Anglia passengers to benefit from smart ticketing roll out
- Test of smart ticket gates underway at Huddersfield Rail Station
- New £50 million package of benefits for South West Trains passengers
- New deal for rail passengers in west of England and Wales
- Future Railway launches Train Operator Competition worth £6 million co-funding
- New smartcard for bus users in Windsor and Maidenhead
- South Yorkshire Smartcards soon to be topped up at Payzone
- SPT Subway Smartcard now live on Payzone
- Norfolk concessionary travel card amnesty
- Walrus rolls out with full Merseyside launch of electronic Saveaway
- Perth secondary pupils to benefit from smarter travel
- Red Funnel ferries start to install ITSO-compliant ticket machines
- Smart travel is now hot in the South West thanks to SWSAL
- Multi-operator smart ticketing launched in South Tyneside
- Tyne and Wear Pop card smart ticketing system wins European award
- Derby launches Spectrum tickets on a smartcard
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Metro passengers make 2.5 million smart journeys
Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have made more than 2.5 million journeys using ITSO-based smartcards since the start of April, new figures show.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, estimates that about 80,000 adults and students now hold their season tickets on smartcards, making 35,000 journeys every week day.
Smart ticketing is neigh bother in Douglas, Isle of Man
Customers can no buy smart tickets for horse-drawn trams in DouglasGloucestershire saves costs through ACT Analytics
Gloucestershire County Council is using ACT’s new Analytics tool which helps local authorities and transport planners interrogate their passenger and transport data, including that which is collected in their ITSO-based smart ticketing systems.
This can help when trying to plan services or identify fraud.
Centro urges passengers to hop on board for Catch the Bus Week
Centro is running a selfie competition with a prize of a four-week nBus ticket loaded onto an ITSO-based Swift card, to encourage people to use buses.
City centre shop staff ditch the car for Catch the Bus Week
120 employees from Sheffield’s Fargate and Orchard Square shops are making the switch to public transport for 28 days. They are being encouraged to do so by the Sheffield Bus Partnership and the government-funded Busboost project. They have been given a month’s free travel loaded onto ITSO-based regional TravelMaster smartcards.
New concessionary travel system takes flight in the islands
From this month, the 50 or so residents on Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay, who are eligible each year for 12 free return air trips to the Orkney mainland, will be able to travel with just their ITSO-based National Entitlement Cards, rather than a book of paper tickets.
New electronic ticket machines at Kirkwall Airport will replace the current paper tickets, making journeys smoother and keeping track of remaining entitlements easier.
Centro demonstrates smart ticketing pilot to European partners
Technology that works out how a passenger can best make their journey and which is the most suitable ticket is being developed under a Centro pilot project.
Centro’s journey planner is part of a €4 million European Union project called ‘MobiWallet’ to improve smart ticketing technology.
The project will be integrated with the region’s ITSO-based Swift smartcard system.
Reading cow poo bus sets speed record
Reading Buses succeeds in setting a world record to be the fastest bus and deliver the fastest smart ticket
New smartcard for buses in Weston-super-Mare
Travelwest has teamed up with local bus operator Crosville and sQuid, the eMoney payments network, to introduce the very latest in [ITSO] smartcard technology designed to make your life that much easier.
Reading Bus to attempt world records on poo bus
Reading Buses has launched an attempt to be the fastest bus in the world and to deliver the fastest ever on-board [ITSO] ticket
Transport Focus publishes survey results for Norfolk holdall® card9 April
Chief Executive of Transport Focus, Anthony Smith, says: “So overall good for passengers, staff, bus companies and the council – more please!”
ACT opens new office and test centre in Cardiff2 April
As well as providing an innovative test and research centre, ACT’s Cardiff office provides convenient, local support for its many customers in Wales.
Abellio launch new ScotRail franchise1 April
Future plans include a Scottish nationwide smartcard to serve an integrated transport network and make travel easier.
64% prefer to pay by smartcard in West Yorkshire27 March
That’s just one of the results of a survey conducted by First Bus
Smart travel gains momentum across the country26 March
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced 3 initiatives today (26 March 2015) to accelerate the introduction of smart ticketing across the country.
- At a meeting with the Smart Cities Partnership, the minister announced that over £620,000 will be invested over the next 2 years to extend smart ticketing across the rail network in the West Midlands.
- She also presided over the signing of a concordat that sets out the basis for cooperation between bus operators and members of the partnership to start delivering smart, multi-operator ticketing in 2015.
- Separately, the minister announced that the government will be working with the UK Cards Association – the body representing the card payments industry – to bring contactless payment to public transport country-wide.
East Anglia passengers to benefit from smart ticketing roll out26 March
Passengers commuting from East Anglia and Essex to London will soon benefit from the ease and flexibility provided by smart tickets, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today.
Test of smart ticket gates underway at Huddersfield Rail Station25 March
Testing on ITSO upgrades to ticket gates at Huddersfield rail station is underway.
Nine upgraded tickets gates, capable of reading MCard smartcards and Concessionary cards for Young People, Scholars and 16-25 PhotoCard holders are now being trialled.
New £50 million package of benefits for South West Trains passengers25 March
The package includes further introduction of ITSO-based smart ticketing across the network and 170 new easy-to-use ticket machines.
New deal for rail passengers in west of England and Wales23 March
The government has reached an agreement with First Group plc for First Great Western (FGW) to continue to operate trains between London Paddington, the Cotswolds, South Wales and the south west until April 2019.
This includes a commitment to providing ITSO-compliant ticketing capabilities as part of the SEFT programme.
Future Railway launches Train Operator Competition worth £6 million co-funding18 March
The FutureRailway programme is offering £6m to co-fund innovative proposals to address key challenges faced by UK train operating companies.
New smartcard for bus users in Windsor and Maidenhead5 March
The Courtney Connect smartcard is launched.
South Yorkshire Smartcards soon to be topped up at Payzone1 March
Smartcard tickets available in more than 300 Payzone shops from 30 March.
SPT Subway Smartcard now live on Payzone
SPT’s Subway Smartcard can now be topped up at Payzone outlets across Glasgow. As an addition to using ticket machines within stations, customers can now use 45 Payzone local retail stores, all within walking distance of Subway stations.
Norfolk concessionary travel card amnesty
Concessionary travel card users in Norfolk are being given until 7 April to make sure their smartcard is valid before a new ‘hot listing’ system blocks their free travel.
Walrus rolls out with full Merseyside launch of electronic Saveaway
An electronic version of Saveaway – Merseytravel’s off-peak day ticket for buses, trains and ferries – will be available to buy on an ITSO-compliant Walrus smart card across the whole of Merseyside from next month (9th March).
It follows a trial in Wirral which has seen more than 45,000 smart Saveaways sold since their launch at the end of November 2014.
Perth secondary pupils to benefit from smarter travel
Secondary school pupils in Perth are benefiting from a new, more efficient, smart ticketing scheme which makes it easier for them to travel between the city’s high schools and college by bus.
Red Funnel ferries start to install ITSO-compliant ticket machines
Smart travel is now hot in the South West thanks to SWSAL
Multi-operator smart ticketing launched in South Tyneside
Bus passengers across South Tyneside will be the first to benefit from a transformational new multi-operator smart ticketing scheme that will mean they can catch the first bus to their destination.
The scheme – which uses Government standard ITSO technology – was launched today (Fri 30 Jan) by operators Stagecoach North East and Go North East.
Tyne and Wear Pop card smart ticketing system wins European award
The ITSO-based Tyne and Wear Metro’s smartcard ticketing system has been voted the best in Europe.
Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has scooped Best Smart Ticketing Service at the 2015 Transport Ticketing Awards in London in conjunction with its contractors Ecebs and Scheidt & Bachmann, beating off competition from the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.
More than 100,000 Metro passengers now use smart products to make their journeys, including the Pop card and concessionary smart cards for older and disabled people.
And the ease of smart travel has contributed to a healthy growth in Metro passenger numbers, which are up 8% in the last year.
Derby launches Spectrum tickets on a smartcard18 January
Operators Arriva, trentbarton, Notts & Derby and Kinchbus can now accept smart versions of the ITSO-compliant Spectrum all derby – one ticket product.
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