TCF News

Updated on 24th April 2019

Transdev bus customers to lead North's first contactless fare capping trial
Bus operator Transdev – the company behind the popular Cityzap, Coastliner and York & Country services from York – already offers contactless card ...

Westmoreland Transit Launches New Mobile Ticketing App Powered by Masabi’s Justride Ticketing Platform
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transit and The Westmoreland County Transit Authority is pleased to announce that passengers can now purchase tickets to ride the bus via a mobile app. The new mobile ticketing app, WestMore Tix, offers an upgrade to current ticketing options by enabling riders to purchase and display tickets directly on their smartphones. WestMore Tix is now available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Irish bus network commissions mobile ticket payments system
Global Government Forum
Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has awarded a contract to deliver a cashless and paperless ticketing process, to be rolled out on Irish buses later this year.

Pay-as-you-go, contactless transport vision for Lancashire
Lancashire Telegraph
Bus and train passengers in Lancashire should one day be able to buy a single ticket for their combined journey – and pay the best price for it. …“We’re looking beyond the Oyster system – the number of people using it has dropped a lot,” Robin Miller-Scott, senior strategy officer at Transport for the North (TfN), said. “We recognise people can now use their bank cards, phones and watches on the transport network.” …The new system – which will include a pay-as-you-go option – will be rolled out across the North from 2020 onwards. No date has been set for when it will arrive in Lancashire.

Automatic refunds on South Western Railway for delays
Eagle Radio
South Western Railway introduced the new scheme this Spring for those with Advance Purchase tickets or a Touch Smartcard season ticket from their ...

Nottingham City Transport and touché complete a successful smartphone and beacon ticketing trial in Nottingham
Touche PR
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) and Touché-NFC Ltd (touché) have successfully completed their ticketing trial in Nottingham, designed to test the feasibility of a mobile phone solution that detects when and where passengers board and alight buses. …The objective of this trial was to find a way of recording point to point journeys automatically, which are the most challenging journeys, as traditionally only customer boarding information is captured.

Eurostar aims to reduce paper ticket use with Google Pay
Railway Gazette International
Eurostar passengers can now save paperless tickets on Google Pay, in what the cross-Channel high speed train operator says is a 'first for ...

Contactless: Catching the bus just got easier
Successful trial sees tap-on/tap-off technology rolled out across Kinchbus and Trentbarton. Do you take contactless? It's a question that someone who ...

'Take eTaxi with Octopus' Revolutionising Hong Kong's Taxi Payment Service
In response to the increasing expectations of the government and passengers regarding quality taxi services, the Hong Kong Taxi Council – an organisation comprising 17 associations representing taxi owners, drivers and other stakeholders – has helped the industry launch the latest taxi-hailing app, "eTaxi". It will also collaborate with Octopus Cards Limited (OCL) in promoting the "Take eTaxi with Octopus" campaign, to revolutionise the taxi payment service in Hong Kong and boost Hong Kong's drive to becoming a Smart City.

EV fast-charging station opens in Sunderland
Charging and paying will then be possible with an EV charge card, debit/credit card, Apple Pay and Android Pay. Later in the year it will also be ...
(This, just about the only charging point up North, will really accelerate the migration to EVs.  Petrol-Ed.)

Queensland rolls out contactless driving licences
NFC World
Revamped 'tap and go' licences now available — The Queensland Times — “The updated design means the chip, which is now contained within the ...

SWR passenger claims her Touch Smartcard prize draw win
South Western Railway
Switching is free and easy to do, and by using the Touch Smartcard, Ms Davidson benefits from buying and managing her Season or Single and ...

ANPR speeds parking at Greater Anglia stations
East Anglian Daily Times
The programme will also see all on-site payment kiosks replaced, enabling payment by cash, card, Google wallet and Apple Pay. Alternatively ...
(…and fine drivers extortionate amounts if they forget to pay.  Why not automate payment via the ANPR system?  Fleec-Ed.)

Tyne Tunnel users can now travel 'with ease' thanks to new pay-and-go app
TT2 Limited has launched a new app to help Tyne Tunnel users top up from their smart phones. The new app - available to download on iOS and Android phones - is available from today (April 8), and aims to enable customers to top up quicker and more conveniently. It will also allow customers to add and remove vehicle registrations, alongside access to their payment and travel history. The app will allow for account details, and stores previously added information for ease of use.

Transit launches mobile ticketing with Masabi
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transit, has joined forces with Transit, North America’s leading mobility app, to announce the launch of integrated mobile ticketing in Transit. The first supported agency for mobile ticketing in Transit is the St. Catharines Transit Commission in Ontario. Its riders, more than half of whom already open Transit daily, can now buy, store and use tickets inside Transit. Riders don’t need to download a new app. Instead, they can purchase tickets on their phone anytime, anywhere, with the app they already use every day.

How biometrics is reshaping the travel experience
Facial recognition software and fingerprint scanning technology is not new to the industry, but the worldwide rollout has been slow and is only just ...

Smart ticketing rolls out to more train stations
Buying Business Travel
Robert Nisbet, regional director at RDG, commented: “Together, rail companies are going full steam ahead with smart ticketing, with passengers ...

Branson: Virgin trains will vanish from UK after Stagecoach ban
The Guardian
The Department for Transport has barred Stagecoach, Virgin's joint venture partner, from bidding for three new franchises – including West ...

Oyster-style card smart travel system on way to Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Citizen
An Oyster-style contactless card payment system is set to replace paper travel tickets in Milton Keynes and beyond. MK Council has made a bid for ...

Cubic Awarded Contract from National Transport Authority to Deliver Mobile Ticketing System in Ireland
Cubic Corporation
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division was awarded a contract worth more than $4 million from the National Transport Authority (NTA) to deliver a mobile ticketing system for Ireland. Cubic’s scalable and low-risk solution will improve customer experience and provide users with a single capability to purchase tickets for multiple public transport operators.

NXP and Google Pay Update Melbourne's Transit System
Mobile ID World
“Google Pay aims to create an effortless, immersive mobile transit experience for users, removing the friction of getting a ticket and saving valuable ...

More rail passengers can go paperless by end of month
ITV News
Smart ticketing is available at almost all mainline stations across the country, with ticket barriers and readers improved and installed at 890 stations to ...Thousands more rail passengers in Britain will soon be able to switch to cashless travel as new technology is rolled out, an industry body has announced. Software updates being introduced this month will enable nine out of 10 tickets to be stored on mobiles or smart cards, according to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).

…and here’s how it all works (Ed.)…
Smart Tickets
National Rail Enquiries
What happens if my smart ticket isn't downloaded on to my Smartcard? What happens if I present a Smart Ticket twice? Are tickets the same price ...

How the London Underground brings in 53000 new contactless users a day
... enter the TfL each day, and one in eight contactless journeys come via Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or other mobile wallet apps.
(Er, misleading headline? Ed.)