TCF News

Updated on 7th February 2019

Passenger views sought on bid to extend pay-as-you-go on rail network
The views of the travelling public will be at the heart of the government's renewed drive to make 'smart ticketing' on the rail network the norm rather ...

Netherlands: All the network’s a stage with ticketing app
Metro Report International
Adding the ability to buy theatre and event tickets along with paying for travel is envisaged now that Rotterdam public transport operator RET has deployed an app-based mobile ticketing, payment and validation system developed by ByteToken, Bytemark and Thales Nederland.

ITSO on Mobile launched
Metro Report International
UK: ITSO on mobile has gone live for public use on the West Midlands Metro tram line, bringing the UK's transport smart card standard to mobile ...

Buses will be better run by local councils, say voters in a new poll
Some 80% of voters said they supported a London-style pay as you go smart card ticket which caps daily spend automatically, and is only possible ...

Uber new feature will let you pay transit fares through its app
…Today, Uber will launch a new Transit feature in Denver that allows users to plan their trips with public transportation in mind, and in the near future, pay for rides on buses and trains in-app.
(So, just maybe, seamless, integrated transport ticketing and payment may not just include Uber, it could be driven by Uber. Love it! Ed.)

Mass Transit Rider Research Report: Key Factors Influencing Ridership in North America
This report sheds light on some of the behaviours impacting public transit ridership across North America and explores the effect new technologies and new urban mobility services, such as ridesharing, are having on the mobility ecosystem. The report is based on a survey of over 1000 residents with access to public transit services.

Account-based ticketing “coming soon”
Smart Highways (press release)
The UK rail industry could be offering country-wide account-based ticketing within two years using contactless payments as a means of improving the ...

RTD in Denver Set to be First Agency to Offer Public Transit Mobile Ticketing in Uber App Using Masabi's Justride SDK
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transport, today announced that its partner the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver will be the first transit agency to benefit from an integrated public transit experience within the Uber app.

Rambus and Worldline Widen Collaboration in UK Rail
Rambus PR
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS), a global leader in smart ticketing, and Worldline, a European market leader in payments and transactional services, today announced the expansion of their collaboration to deliver innovation into UK rail. With the integration of Rambus remote ticket download (RTD) software, Worldline can now deliver ITSO-based smart tickets to customer smartcards with their @Station and Mobile Ticket Issuing Service (MTIS),  providing

Harrogate first town in UK to introduce new age of smart parking
North Yorks
Harrogate Borough Council, which manages off-street car parks, and North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for on-street parking, have worked with AppyParking the UK’s leading smart parking technology firm, to deliver the scheme. Users who download the app will see real-time availability of spaces across Harrogate town centre thanks to more than 2,000 sensors in the ground, be able to navigate to the space and pay for a parking session with a single-click. The sensor technology means parking sessions automatically end when the vehicle is driven away.

UK: Contactless payments and two new buses introduced in Dartford
News Shopper
Dartford bus users can now pay for their ticket using contactless payments with a number of routes operating within the borough now accepting cards on-board. Bus operator Arriva launched the new feature over the weekend following a multi-million pound investment.

How can I get tickets for public transport in my favourite mobility app?
James Gooch: Masabi PR
We often get asked on social media, ‘Why can't I just buy my ticket through this app I use all the time?’ and you know what, it’s a good question. Well, thanks to a great piece of tech that the busy bees at Masabi have developed you can, and we have been working hard on it since it first went live in 2017 when the Justride SDK (Software Development Kit) was first integrated into our partner Kisio's journey planning service, called PlanBookTicket, in the French cities of Orleans and Montargis.

Smoother journeys and flexible ticketing for public transport users
ACT, a Fujitsu company, is set to enable smoother journeys and flexible ticketing on public transport with the launch of Actora Account Based Ticketing (ABT). Currently, public transport users, outside of London, are presented with a bewildering number of options when choosing the most cost-effective ticket for their journeys. To select the best value ticket, passengers need to know the cost of a multitude of ticket options and their travel plans for the week ahead. It’s a time consuming, inconvenient and inflexible way to buy transport tickets. Actora ABT puts an end to this frustrating process for passengers by calculating the best value fare for their travel over the day or week and taking payment after they travel. Passengers just need to ‘tap on’ and ‘tap off’ transport services using a secure token such as a mobile phone or contactless bank card.

FIME enhances smart ticketing services for transport
FIME has strengthened its transport offering to deliver end-to-end support for smart ticketing projects. It is now accredited by Parisian transport authority Île-deFrance Mobilités to deliver testing and certification services in accordance with RCTIF 5.0, and Smart Ticketing Alliance1 in line with ISO CEN 16794. Transport players like local and national governments, vendors and ticketing service providers can now work with FIME from the start of their projects to overcome key challenges related to new standards and technology adoption, integration and compliance.

UK: Council offering £2 Floating Bridge 'Oyster card' for free until April
On The Wight
Don’t get too excited, but for a limited period, Isle of Wight council are offering to give you their Floating Bridge ‘Oyster Card’, so you can load credit up on the card, to gradually spend on floating bridge journeys. The upside? You’ll pay less for the journeys.

'Let passengers use oyster cards to get to Stansted Airport'
Braintree and Witham Times
London Travelwatch says rail passengers are mistakenly believing payments with Oyster and contactless cards are valid because the destination is ...

Our top 5 smart ticketing predictions for 2019
Our top 5 smart ticketing predictions for 2019. This entry was posted on Friday, January 25th, 2019. In 2018, public transport, in particular our railways, ...

'I was charged £700 extra using contactless on the tube' – don't be caught out MoneySavingExpert
You can use contactless credit and debit cards and mobile payment devices such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay to pay for your travel ...

The Advantages of a Smart Ticketing System for Smaller Operators
ECR Retail Systems
Invented by IBM in the early 1960s, the magnetic stripe ticket has become ubiquitous. The technology, which first debuted on metro systems in London ...

Councillors campaign secures “contactless” payments on Sheffield Trams
Big Stamp
Following demands from Labour councillors, Supertram have announced that passengers will finally be able to use their bank cards to pay for tickets ...

Luxembourg minister sets out free public transport details
Metro Report, kindly submitted my Mike Eastham
Transport Minister François Bausch announced details on January 21 of plans to offer free nationwide public transport. Free public transport is to be offered to all passengers, whether or not they are resident in Luxembourg, from March 1 2020 on all modes financed by the state and operating within the country’s boundaries. Funding would come from tax revenue, with no new taxes being introduced specifically for this purpose.

Dutch rail operator pilots open loop ticketing service
NFC World
“Starting this weekend, the first travellers can check in and out with their own payment card instead of the OV chip card… Travel expenses incurred are processed overnight after the travel day and debited through the bank.”

UK: West Yorkshire to step up digital transport payments
UK Authority
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is aiming for an increase in digital payments for public transport in the region. Its transport committee has approved a digital payment strategy that takes a ‘mobility as a service’ approach and involves an emphasis on using an app or web portal to access different types of transport, and to make payments through an account or single transactions.

Bus passengers in Maidstone and Medway can pay using contactless cards from this weekend
Kent Online
From this weekend, you will be able to buy bus tickets using contactless payments in Medway and Maidstone. Arriva now accepts debit and credit ...

Juniper Research
A new study from Juniper Research found that users of mobile ticketing will total 1.9 billion by 2023, up from 1.1 billion in 2019. In comparison, the total number of digital ticketing users across mobile, online and wearable channels, will reach 2.2 billion by 2023.

Etickets now available on all South Western Railway routes (No link: Ed.)
Trainline’s Mobile Tickets and etickets are now available for use at over 1,800 stations* across Britain, including London Waterloo and the rest of the SWR network. You can book on the go up to 15 minutes before departure – and you’ll skip those infuriating ticket machine queues.

Masabi and Jorudan Partner to Bring Mobile Ticketing to Japanese Transit Market
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transport, and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning service, today announced that they have signed a partnership agreement to bring mobile ticketing to the Japanese transit market and integrate their best-of-breed services to deliver a seamless passenger experience.