TCF News

Updated on 15th September 2017

UK: Bus Go card aimed at frequent travellers
Bus Vannin has introduced a new range of Go card, aimed at frequent, fare-paying, travellers who don’t want the commitment of an annual travel card.  

UK: A Beginner's Guide To Using My Get Me There: Manchester's Hilarious Attempt At Reinventing London's Oyster Card
Huffington Post
In August 2017, Transport for Greater Manchester announced the introduction of a new and improved paperless ticketing system to be rolled out across the city’s transport network — a scheme described by Manchester Evening News as “ one step closer to a London-style Oyster “.

Badenoch bus passengers urged to join survey
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald
"In order to develop an effective, joined up, Scotland-wide smart ticketing and payment service, it is important that as many transport operators, public ...
…because (Ed.)…

Public offered chance to influence future of bus industry and smart ticketing
Transport Scotland has launched two public consultations to help shape the future of bus operations and also smart ticketing.

Two reasons why autonomous vehicles won’t work for a while
For some, the success of the self-driving car could be the point where we’ve made it. But perhaps that is much further away than we thought, and the stakeholders would have you believe.

Ransomware and IOT attacks spell trouble for transportation industry
SC Magazine
The ransomware and IOT threat landscapes are merging as ransomware is constantly evolving to infiltrate company defenses in new ways and IOT ...

Bytemark First to Offer NFC Mobile Ticketing on iOS
Bytemark Inc. has successfully introduced NFC ticketing on Apple iOS devices as part of its mobile ticketing offering. Creating an app-based NFC mobile fare medium on iOS has long been seen by the transport industry as the ‘Holy Grail’ of mobile ticketing.

Oyster card app simplifies top-ups in London
With the growing popularity of contactless payments, the humble Oyster card has a diminished role on the London Underground. Still, it's a useful ...

Delta Air Lines Shows the Future of Retail
RFID Journal
An airline has deployed a customer-facing RFID solution that has huge ... When Delta put RFID tags onto every piece of luggage—via self-adhesive ...

You can now pay for Stagecoach bus journeys with contactless cards
Cambridge Independent (registration)
It means that passengers no longer need to pay for their bus travel with cash, but can 'wave and pay' using speedy contactless credit or debit cards as ...

Contactless vs Oyster
Monzo Community
Talking of payment by phones, I wish people would use regular Oyster cards on the tube in London instead of Apple Pay. The number of times I've ...
(Lively debate: Ed.)

North Devon Council car parks now accept card and contactless payments
North Devon Gazette
Users of North Devon Council car parks can now pay for their parking using a card or contactless payment. The council has updated its parking ...

TfL commences plans to make London's trams cashless
Eurotransport (press release) (registration) (blog)
“Most tram customers use pay-as-you-go with Oyster or contactless to travel, which is cheaper than paper tickets and also allows customers to use the ...

Andy Burnham's One Day Travelcard launched across Greater Manchester buses
The Bolton News
“I'd encourage all those eligible to sign up for their 16-18 smart card as soon as possible, so that they can start taking advantage of this fantastic offer.”.

Automatic compensation from GatEx and Southern smartcards
Rail Magazine
Southern and Gatwick Express smartcard ticket holders will receive automatic compensation should their train be delayed by more than 15 minutes…. However, London TravelWatch says passengers using Oyster and contactless payments should also have access to ‘hassle-free’ compensation.

US: Masabi Launches Mobile Ticketing in San Francisco Bay Area with Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
Masabi, the global leader in transit mobile ticketing and innovative fare collection, today announced that it is providing mobile ticketing services for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a brand new commuter rail service in the Sonoma and Marin counties of the U.S. state of California, which launched its full service on August 25th.

How must payment and ticketing technology evolve over the coming years to contribute to the next generation of multi-modal mobility solutions?
Euro Transport

Apple Pay and Android Pay come to the Stagecoach Bus App
Stagecoach Bus
The Stagecoach Bus app – launched last year and downloaded by hundreds of thousands of passengers – enables customers to buy and download day and weekly bus tickets straight to their mobile phone. Payments via the app can also be made by PayPal or via debit or credit card. The app also provides customers with journey planning, next-stop information and live bus tracking to make their journeys even smoother. It’s free to download to mobile devices from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Unless we transform airports, Brexit is going to be travel chaos
The Independent
To deal with these structural changes, the government must embrace cutting-edge technology like biometrics and ePassports, which could help to ...
(Ed.’s recipe for success: bad biometric system x 10 = even worse chaos at airports.  They don’t work properly, they are slow, there are no clear instructions, and half of them are closed.  A shameful debacle which the suppliers, project managers and airport authorities (and the Idependent reporter) should be, um, forced to use.)

UK: GTR rolls out automatic delay compensation to Southern and Gatwick Express
Rail Technology Magazine
Automatic delay repay compensation has now be rolled out to Southern and Gatwick Express passengers, GTR has today stated. Passengers with a Key smartcard will now receive compensation automatically for services that are delayed by 15 minutes or more.

North should 'take control' of transport, says Grayling
BBC News
The north of England's leaders should "take control" of their own transport networks, Chris Grayling has said. Writing in the Yorkshire Post, the ...
(Is this encouragement, a threat or despair? Ed.)

Boro Taxis 'delighted to lead the way' with new payment system
Gazette Live
Teessiders can now pay for their taxi by using contactless payments on their credit or debit card. Boro Taxis has made card payment facilities available ...
(Cultural change alert: Geordies using their own cards!  Ed. - born in Lancashire) 

INIT Revolutionizes e-fare with Open Payments System in Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area (press release) (registration) (blog)
Regional riders can now pay for fares using a mobile wallet such as AndroidPay, ApplePay or SamsungPay, as well as any contactless bank card.

Transport for London (TfL) sets wheels in motion for new consulting arm set to bring in tens of millions
City A.M.
And last July, TfL announced it had agreed a licence with Cubic for use of London's contactless ticketing system worldwide in a deal worth up to £15m.

Biometrics and Travel: Promoting the adoption of mobile payments for passengers
Travel Daily News International
The gradual adoption of these biometrics by airports, airlines and security ... user name, phone number, address, device fingerprint, user history and other sources. ... Biometrics can ensure that those pre-determined goals are met.

UK: Comment: There must be a better way to pay for parking
Transport Network
Recent research by the AA found that cashless parking machines that accept payment by calling or texting an automated service are extremely unpopular among drivers, with two thirds refusing to use them.

London Midland Services Bumped In The West Mids
Capital FM
Smart ticketing and live passenger information will also be rolled out under the contract. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "This is great news ...

Smart ticketing for bus travel goes paperless
Eurotransport (press release) (registration) (blog)
On behalf of Stagecoach, Andrew Mills talks to Eurotransport about the company's new smartphone app which will not only save passengers money ...

The future of mobile point of sale in rail
Global Railway Review
Rail operators should be able to facilitate and accept payments from cards and mobile wallets via MPoS systems that increasingly accept contactless ...

Millions of Stagecoach bus passengers now benefitting from contactless travel
Stagecoach Group
Millions of Stagecoach passengers now have access to contactless bus travel as Britain's biggest bus operator continues to roll-out the technology ...

UK: Contactless is Now Available to Use on Thamesdown Buses!
Total Swindon
From now on, you will find it easier than ever to travel around Swindon - thanks to the introduction of contactless payments on Thamesdown Buses.

An Oyster card-style system that gets you from Newcastle to Liverpool could soon be a thing
“New smart card technology is going to be a big part of the picture and we've got a lot of work going into developing a Oyster system for the North East ...

Tram Season Tickets Set To Go Smart
Nottingham City Council PR
Season tickets for Nottingham’s tram network will go ‘smart’ when they make the switch to the Robin Hood Card next week.

Council launches digital parking app trial
Digital by Default News
AppyParking, the award-winning parking app, has partnered with the Department of Transport and Westminster Council to launch One Click Parking, the world’s first pay-as-you-go parking payment solution using connected car technology which promises to reduce traditional parking from 20 minutes to 30 seconds.