TCF News

Updated on 7th December 2018

How to use the ONE card to get around Delhi
Condé Nast Traveller India
Unlike the Metro smartcard, which can only be used in buses, the ONE card can be used on all modes of public transport—the Delhi Metro, DTC buses ...
(Delhi manages something that took the UK over 20 years to fail to do. Ed.)

UK: Oyster and contactless payment to be extended further outside London
Railway Gazette
UK: Acceptance of Oyster and contactless payment is to be extended to Hertford North and Epsom next year, Rail Minister Andrew Jones announced on November 30. …A public consultation is due to begin early next year on proposals to extend acceptance to more stations outside the Greater London area. Department for Transport says that its longer-term goal is to extend pay-as-you-go travel across other urban areas, which could include mobile technology as well as its preferred ITSO smart card.

Touch Smartcard
South Western Railway
Smart ticketing means you can conveniently buy and manage your tickets online. You'll never have to queue at the ticket office, or buy or replace ...

Transdev announced as successful bidder for innovation grant funding to test new smart ...
Bradford Zone
Transdev Blazefield CEO Alex Hornby said: “I'm very proud that we will be the first bus operator to bring contactless capping to buses in the North of ...

Rambus Smart Ticketing
Rambus PR
Smart ticketing is changing the way we travel – bringing greater convenience and security to travelers and transport operators alike. Using smart cards and smart phones, travelers can store and use their tickets electronically, eliminating the need for traditional paper tickets and enabling users to simply tap their smart card or device on a gate or validator to access their travel.

Xplore Dundee confirms contactless rollout as it launches posh new buses
Evening Telegraph
Ms McGlasson added: “These new ticket machines are the first major step towards contactless payment and we hope to be able to complete the ...

Placing Public Transport at the Centre of MaaS
Intelligent Transport/Masabi
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the hottest topic in the transport sector right now and during this Intelligent Transport webinar we look at the different approaches to MaaS currently being proposed, discuss the various benefits these offer and the challenges they face.

MP confirms Oyster Card and contactless payment to be rolled out at Epsom
Surrey Comet
Commuters travelling to and from Epsom will soon get to tap in and out of the railway station using an Oyster Card and contactless payment, it has ...
(Note: “...will soon get to tap in…”.  No prizes for guessing who the MP is: Ed.)

Contactless payments coming to Dundee buses within days
Evening Telegraph
Contactless payments for under 19 single fares are not currently accepted by the firm. Stagecoach will be hosting information events in the local area ...

UK: Oyster cards coming to St Albans
Herts Advertiser
Oyster cards are coming to St Albans, following a decision by the Department for Transport.

Contactless Payment for Public Transport
To bring this ideal to life, Transport for NSW partnered with Mastercard to build a framework that supports an “open loop” contactless payment system ...

Tascent face biometrics solution to streamline passenger processing for Royal Caribbean Cruises
Biometric Update
Tascent face biometrics solution to streamline passenger processing for Royal ... To use the new face recognition-enabled Expedited Arrivals process, ...

Sydney's trains go contactless
Some of the contactless technology, software and equipment developed for Sydney will also be included in Cubic projects to be rolled out over the ...

Brighton and Hove Buses will now be accepting contactless payments
The Argus
Mr Harris said: “Contactless also helps speed up boarding and make bus journeys quicker. “That's absolutely key in a busy city like Brighton & Hove ...
(…and from another news item: “Passengers just need to tap their phones or bank cards on the ticket machine when they get on the bus: face down for cards, face up for phones.” Very clever… Ed.)

Is 2019 going to be the year that Lothian Buses get contactless payments?
Edinburgh Live
Since as early as 2014, Twitter users have been asking the bus operator when they were going to introduce contactless payments, or - at the very least ...

Train operator Northern announces plans to replace cardboard tickets with smartcards
Lancashire Evening Post
“The launch of the smartcard project is a vital first step in the delivery of an even more ambitious, integrated smart travel system for the whole of the ...
(Fully compliant with TfN – sorry, TfUK – specs, Ed. gathers… from this item: Transport for the North launches smartcard project in Global Railway Review)

Contactless payments are coming to EVERY bus in Derby - here's when
Derbyshire Live
The three main public bus companies that operate in Derby, Arriva, Trentbarton and YourBus, will all be providing contactless payment services by ...

New Zealand: Kate Hawkesby: Hopping mad at Auckland Transport's useless card system and bus drivers
An integrated non-cash ticketing system is expected to be rolled out nationwide at some point - so here's the warning. It doesn't work. I bought my daughter a Hop card, topped it up, waited the ridiculously long time of up to 72 hours for it to be loaded, and sent her on her way. She hopped on the (very late) bus and the card was declined. She was stood down off the bus. I rang Auckland Transport who told me that was odd and to try again. I did. She was stood down off the bus again.

Hull to be centre of trial that could see big changes to north's rail network
Hull Daily Mail
The trial comes ahead of bold plans for train and bus networks across the north to support contactless payments, as is seen in cities such as London.

Contactless payments are coming to EVERY bus in Derby - here's when
Derbyshire Live
The three main public bus companies that operate in Derby, Arriva, Trentbarton and YourBus, will all be providing contactless payment services ...

ITSO Transit Hub enables Google Pay to transform smart ticketing
Intelligent Transport
ITSO Transit Hub, is bringing ITSO – the UK's trusted national smartcard – to mobile phones by enabling Google Pay to ensure an instant, secure and ...

Every rail station in Britain 'should allow you to pay using contactless' say transport chiefs
Evening Standard
Transport chiefs today called for contactless payments to be accepted across the UK rail network as they revealed conventional tickets were “on the ...
As TfL’s commissioner, Mike Brown, points out, there is no technological reason why contactless pay as you go should not be extended nationally.
(Yesterday it was called TfL: now it thinks it’s TfUK… Ed’s. dumb question: …And if the fare might just occasionally exceed £30? …Tap in/tap out?)

Transport for the North to launch Smart on Rail project
Insider Media
The focus of the project is on upgrading customers' tickets from paper to smartcard, starting with passengers buying season tickets on a smartcard at a ... (TfN or TfUK? Confus-Ed.)

Arriva launches contactless on its Tunbridge Wells buses
Arriva was joined by Greg Clark MP last week to launch contactless ticketing on its fleet of buses in Tunbridge Wells.

No link, but an interesting development: Ed.
Try Trainline's no-fuss Season Tickets
We now have the most popular types of Season Ticket - Weekly, Monthly, Custom, TfL and Annual ready for you. If you travel regularly, they could save you a lot of money.  When you get a Season Ticket from us, there's no need to queue at the station. Choose your type, tell us your Photocard number*, and we'll pop the ticket in the post to you.
(Tomorrow’s aggregators/integrators? Ed.)

We're doing maintenance for contactless
We're doing maintenance for contactless. Sorry for the disruption. We're working to get our website back to normal but in the meantime here's some ...
(Oh dear, London grinds to a halt. Now where’s that old Oyster card of mine? Ed.)

Apple Pay and contactless comes to buses and trams in Nottingham
West Bridgford Wire
A scheme to allow tram and bus users to pay with contactless cards, smart watches, Apple Pay, and PayPal is now set to be fully operational in April ...

Coventry taxis could soon take card payment while tuk-tuks could be available on city centre streets
Coventry Observer
COVENTRY taxi drivers could soon take contactless and card payment while tuk-tuks and pedicabs could soon be available on city centre streets after ...
(Today Coventry, tomorrow the real world.  And Ed. thought Rick Shaw was a pop singer.  Yet another Labour Council delivers for its city.)

Practical MaaS Coming to Canada with Masabi and Transit
Masabi PR
… Every day, over 7,000 people in St. Catharines already use Transit to get around their city, which is more than 60% of the people who will board a bus! With the addition of our SDK, from January they’ll all be able to pay and display tickets when boarding the bus from within the app, for everything from single rides to monthly passes. For riders, this makes scrambling for the right change a thing of the past, but also will lead to speedier boarding and faster trips for everyone.

Transport Systems Catapult and Future Cities Catapult to unite to create innovation power house
TSC News
Our big news this month is that Transport Systems Catapult and Future Cities Catapult will unite to create a new innovation powerhouse. The organisation will bring together the skills and expertise of both teams to tackle the challenges of modern cities and address the future of mobility.

trend of contactless payment card usage graph
The chart below shows the number of contactless payment cards used on buses since December 2012 and on rail since 16 September 2014. It shows ...
(Would that be from when they stopped people using cash on buses in London?  Ed.)

Cashless society edges step closer with 1 in 5 Brits now never carrying money
A spokesman for First Bus said: “We are immensely proud to offer our customers the option to pay by contactless on every single bus that we operate ...(Survey conducted in Scotland perhaps: Ed.)

... Nope, Scottish people certainly still use cash. (Ed.)
ScotRail smartcard target could be delayed by TWENTY YEARS after millions of commuters snub ...
The Scottish Sun
Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Jamie Greene added: “This statistic shows just what a shambles the SNP has made of smart ticketing in ...

Smart ticketing platform Ticketless™ launches in Germany
Urbanthings PR
It’s a big day over here at UrbanThings! We’ve officially launched our smart ticketing platform Ticketless™ in the German city of Detmold. At the beginning of the year, we partnered with IVU Traffic Technologies and German transport operator Stadtverkehr Detmold (SVD) , and set our sights on delivering Ticketless into Germany. This week, we’re delivering on that vision and have released the city’s first smart ticketing app following a successful beta trial.

Cashless payment comes at the expense of those who most need public transit
Dailyfree Press
… Public transit should inherently exist to provide an option for low-income commuters who can’t afford to drive their own car or be driven by someone else. If the T changes entirely to a cashless system, especially on buses, it’ll become not necessarily a resource for the wealthy, but a resource for the financially sound — and that’s dangerous.

Contactless Payments Come to Scarborough Buses
Yorkshire Coast Radio
EYMS is confident the versatility and stress-free nature of contactless will benefit drivers and existing customers while helping bolster ...

Paragon ID announces strategic investment in airweb
Paragon ID takes a unique and world-leading position in Mobile ticketing applications with strategic investment in airweb

UrbanThings launches smart ticketing platform Ticketless™ in Germany
[No link: Ed.]
UrbanThings are happy to announce that they’ve launched their smart ticketing platform Ticketless™ in the German city of Detmold. In Partnership with IVU Traffic Technologies and German transport operator Stadtverkehr Detmold (SVD), Ticketless has been rolled out to the public this week following a successful beta trial in the city.

Bilbao Selects Masabi for EMV Contactless Ticketing System Allowing Passengers to Simply Tap ...
RealWire (press release)
Masabi Adds Contactless Capabilities to Justride Platform, Bringing SaaS Account-based cEMV Ticketing to Cities of Any Size. Smart City World Expo, ...(Masabi must be a serious takeover target these days.  Ed.)

EMT Madrid to Launch Mobile Ticketing on Airport Express Buses
Masabi PR
Bus operator to offer multi-language Mobile Ticketing for passengers and scanning hardware on buses in collaboration with Mastercard, Santander and Masabi

Scotland: Over £1 million to support contactless bus payments
A £1.1m fund to support smaller bus operators in accepting contactless bank payments has been launched by the Scottish Government.

West Midlands Joins Las Vegas & Portland in Accepting Google Pay Travel Tickets
Gizmodo UK
Now, if you buy mobile tickets through Swift, you can move them into Google Pay and use your phone as your ticket rather than getting your card out.

Dijon is first French city to offer contactless payment on both buses and trams Intelligent Transport
Opened on 27 March 2018 in Dijon trams, open payment allows travellers to pay and validate their trip directly with their contactless card or their ...

UK: New services, contactless payments and live bus tracking all part of new expansion for Stagecoach in the Highlands
Press and Journal
Stagecoach North Scotland today confirmed plans to expand its Inverness bus operations through the proposed acquisition of certain assets from D&E Coaches.

Five crucial Mersey Tunnels updates you NEED to know about
Liverpool Echo
Contactless card payment trials in the Mersey Tunnels have been hailed as a "major success" - but there is STILL no date for when the service will be ...
(It’ll be lovely when it’s finished: Ed.)

Contactless payment coming to Heathrow Express
Heathrow Express has announced that from next month, passengers will be able to use Contactless payment or Oyster to travel on trains. Contactless ...

UK: All aboard for mobile payments on LNER trains
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is to arm its operatives with mobile PoS devices based on ECR’s RailPoS software to give passengers faster and more reliable payment technology for at-seat services on the London King’s Cross to Edinburgh route. The route, which services stations including York, Leeds, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Inverness, is now being run by LNER - a Department for Transport (DfT) owned company. LNER will operate the route until a public-private partnership takes responsibility for both trains and track operations in 2020. All Virgin Trains East Coast staff have transferred to the new franchise.