TCF News

Updated on 17th August 2018

UK: Yellow Buses Invests In New Contactless Ticketer Technology
Dorset Chamber
New Electronic Ticket Machines (ETMs) have been installed in the bus company’s 150-vehicle fleet. The machines, supplied by Ticketer, allow customers to pay for their travel in the most convenient way for them.

Industry pledges to cut rail jargon to avoid ticket confusion
Railway Technology
Among the proposed solutions are smart-ticketing, providing clearer information about peak and off-peak fares, as well as door-to-door ticketing.

Prentice Coaches going contactless
East Lothian Courier
CONTACTLESS payment could be rolled out across Prentice Coaches by the end of the month. The Haddington-based firm launched the contactless ...

Public Transport & The SMART Ticketing Revolution
As the Government continues to encourage more of us to switch to public transport the pressure on transport operators has never been greater.

Fare collection self-assessment guide
Over the past six months Snapper has have been investigating the pros and cons of account-based ticketing (ABT). We brought you insights from early adopters, then we worked with APSCA and industry experts to explore some of the common misconceptions around EMV in ABT . For the third part in this series, we provide a self-assessment guide and template calculator to help prepare for the shift to account-based ticketing.

Contactless card payments on bus and tram network to be introduced next year
Nottinghamshire Live
Bus and tram users will be able to pay their fares using contactless bank cards or smartphones by next year. A plan to introduce contactless payments ...

UK: Train and bus are less fuss on Smartcard
Dunfermline Press
TRAVEL in Dunfermline is going to get a lot smarter with the introduction of combined rail and bus travel tickets. ScotRail and Stagecoach have worked together to ensure that PlusBus tickets can now be stored on ScotRail Smartcards. It means passengers can use just one card for trains and buses.
(Hush my beating heart.  Can this be true?  A proper, multi-modal smart card for both train and bus travel?  Quick, someone tell Grayling, because England can’t manage it.  Thrill-Ed.)

All First Manchester buses will accept contactless payments by October 2018
Intelligent Transport
Accepting contactless payments demonstrates First Manchester's dedication in providing easy travel experiences to encourage the use of public ...

Transport Committee could investigate smart ticketing failures
Transport Network (press release) (blog)
Parliament's Transport Committee is set to challenge ministers on their apparent failure to make good on pledges to deliver smart ticketing, which has ...

For the first time, contactless payments are offered on East Lothian bus
Intelligent Transport
Ticketer has enabled Prentice of Haddington to be the first bus operator to offer contactless payments to passengers in East Lothian, Scotland.

US: HID Global Improves Automated Fare Collection for Public Transportation with the World’s First Calypso Light Application-certified Solution
HID Global
HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that HID is the world’s first ticketing solution provider to be certified to deliver more secure, lower cost, faster contactless tickets based on an open standard called Calypso Light Application (CLAP).

Smart ticketing firm expands contactless payments business
Humber Business
HULL smart ticketing specialist Paragon ID has expanded as it takes a majority shareholding in Irish company AmaTech Group. The deal means ...

Brisbane becomes the latest city to deploy Transport for Londons contactless fares system
Movacabtaxi Weekly
Department of Transport to provide a new ticketing system for the state. Cubic has a licensing arrangement with Transportation for London which enables it to deploy essential parts of the back workplace code, including fare computation and customer accounts, established in-house by TfL for its own contactless bus, Tube and Overground ticketing system

Transport Systems Catapult Update
We are half way through the year and there's still so much to tell you about. We are currently holding a free exhibition with the National Infrastructure Commission displaying entries from their 'Connecting for the Future' competition. We are also taking applications for our second IM Accelerator Cohort, with our new partners Stagecoach and Hyundai.
(HTFP!  Ed.)

Smart technology has preserved the UK railway's safety record
Global Railway Review
Smart use of data and technology is helping to protect and enhance Britain's excellent rail safety record, according to rail safety body, RSSB… safety.

UK's West Midlands seeks to cap fares paid by contactless card
TfWM, which stepped up in June to offer contactless card payments across its bus service, is looking at how to provide a smart ticketing system to ensure that contactless card users get the best rate on a journey, regardless of which mode of transport the customer opts for.

Paris says 'au revoir' to metro ticket, ushers in contactless payment
The Parisian metro is to phase out its emblematic rectangular paper ticket and introduce a contactless payment method, the city's transport authorities ...

Contactless and smart card problems on Arriva North East bus services
The Northern Echo
ARRIVA North East is experiencing problems on its bus services today. A spokesman for the company posted on Facebook: "Unfortunately due to a technical issue beyond our control we are currently unable to accept payment by contactless or top up smart cards, please bear with us while we attempt to resolve the situation, apologies for any inconvenience."
(Do you think that “please bear with us” means free bus rides.  Ed. thinks not.)