TCF News

Updated on 27th May 2020

A brief note on: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
23 May update from Gov.UK: spotted by CH – to whom thanks (Ed.)
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.
(Having trouble sleeping? Then read this: Ed.)

Payment reinstated on London buses
Transport for London (TfL) will begin the phased re-introduction of the requirement for passengers to touch in on buses with their contactless, Oyster or concessionary card, starting with routes served by single-door and New Routemaster buses.

UK: Grant to develop public transport social distancing technology
UK: The Innovate UK innovation agency has awarded UrbanThings a grant to develop a coronavirus social distancing and contact tracing platform for public transport operators. This is intended to help ensure that transport systems can operate with social distancing measures in place.

Growing caution around return to public transport, finds Transport Focus
Four out of ten people say they will not use public transport again until they feel safe in the latest survey findings from Transport Focus. The survey found the number of people happy to use transport as soon as restrictions are lifted has gone down from 24% in the first week of the survey to 18%.

Creating travel choices in our cities
Passenger PR
Cardiff Bus’ customers will be able to seamlessly travel around the city thanks to a collaboration between leading bike-share operator nextbike, Cardiff Bus and Passenger. This journey planning addition allows essential workers travelling around the city now – and the passengers of the future, post-lockdown – more options for planning their essential journeys.

RMT warns of strike action over any cuts to London’s transport system
…“It looks like Boris Johnson is back in charge of transport in London. We will not accept one penny of austerity cuts imposed by Whitehall or passed on by City Hall as part of this funding package and our resistance will include strike action if necessary.”
(Er, haven’t they been watching the News lately? Ed.)

London coronavirus: The only London Underground stations to accept cash over contactless
Use contactless or Oyster to pay for your travel. All Transport for London (TfL) frontline staff are being given face coverings, plus taxi and private hire ...

Translink meets growing contactless ticketing demand with enhanced app

Global Railway Review

To reflect the huge growth in demand for contactless payments, Northern Ireland's public transport operator, Translink, has enhanced its app, ...

Payments in transit: how transport technology is developing
All around the world transit systems are having to embrace and adapt to an incoming cashless society, in which cards and alternative payment methods become the new norm, especially as physical distancing and concerns around cash handling take centre stage.

More contactless ticketing options for Northern Ireland
Rail Insider
Norther Ireland's Translink has introduced an extended range of new 'mLink' app ticket options as part of its drive towards contactless ticketing.

Contactless Travel
Transport for Wales
Here are all the ways to buy contactless Train Tickets We've prioritised the availability of contactless tickets through our TfW Rail app, self-service ...

Contactless Mobile Ticketing is Healthier, Here is Why
TheMayorEU (press release)
Contactless mobile ticketing. But first, let's see why we are in such a dire need of healthier options on our public transport menu... How many nasty bugs ...

Payments in transit: how transport technology is developing
TX spoke to Venceslas Cartier, Global Head of Transportation and Smart Mobility at Ingenico Enterprise Retail, to get his expert opinion on what we can expect, and how Ingenico terminals are paving the way for a faster, smoother transit experience for everyone.

to use smart card to access all transport means: Minister
Egyptian commuters will be able to take different means of public transport within the country via the same smart card, ...

Translink announces more contactless tickets for safer journeys
Love Belfast (press release) (blog)
Enhanced app, smartcard and contactless offering. Translink has introduced an extended range of new 'mLink' app ticket options as part of its drive ...

Flowbird Launches Integrated EV Charging and Parking Payment Solution
…Flowbird’s Park & Charge innovation offers a cost-effective route for councils to developon-and off-street EV charging capability by combiningadvanced charging hardware withexisting parking terminal, app, and account-based payment systems. With Park & Charge, both EV charging and parking services can be managed through a common centralized platform.

Ticketer products - Fare Payments
ITSO Smartcards. ITSO smart ticketing is the UK's standard for smartcard ticketing used for all concessionary travel in the UK and commercial smartcard ...

Public transport: The future is happening now! 

…Paragon ID and sister company airweb are experienced in implementing mobile ticketing solutions based on diverse technologies including QR codes, NFC tags, HCE... We have also worked in partnership with Ingenico to develop an open payment solution.

Blog: Intelligent Transport Webinar. A New Fare Payments Reality: Ticketless, Cashless and ‘as a service’ (on-demand)
Masabi PR
This on-demand webinar from Intelligent Transport explores the potential impact on fare payment teams as well as the two hottest topics taking place in the public transport ticketing industry which both share a common naming convention, ‘as-a-service’.

France: Paris Subway Tests Facial Recognition Software To Identify Passengers Not Wearing Masks
Transport authorities in the French capital of Paris will trial facial recognition software to identify passengers who are not wearing medical masks, the Paris Match magazine reported on Thursday
(Mmmm: wonder who sells them the entire national database. Ed.)

UK train operators can now procure COVID-19 protection products through Paragon ID's platform
Transport operators along with many other employers will be under the obligation to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff at work where necessary and implement additional cleaning procedures to protect staff and customers. Therefore, to support our UK transport operator customers, we have made the following items available through our online procurement platform (PEP):

Blog: Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)’s Ticketing Success Story: From Train to Ferry and straight into Central San Francisco
Masabi PR
A recent study from Juniper Research found that mobile ticketing users will number 1.9 billion by 2023, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing excellent adoption rates and stats from clients who have deployed a mobile ticketing app with Masabi. Here’s the story behind the success of SMART’s mobile ticketing app.

Paragon ID reports contraction due to Covid-19
Security Document World
Paragon ID, a leading provider of identification solutions for e-ID, Transport & Smart Cities, Traceability & Brand Protection, and Payment, publishes its consolidated revenues for the third quarter of the financial year 2019/2020 (year-ending 30th June 2020). Paragon ID's consolidated revenues in the third quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year totalled €29,0 M, growing +6% over the same quarter in 2018/19 (+7% at constant exchange rates).

Ferry Booking and Ticketing Software: Calmac Ferries
PCS Tender via David Hytch
… CFL's Minimum Requirement is for modern, packaged, commercial, off the shelf and market-proven ferry booking and ticketing software.

 20% drop in public transport use predicted post-pandemic
City transport authorities and operators could face a 20% fall in public transport use even after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, suggests a [Systra] survey.

Government set to bail out city train and tram networks
…The Government has also confirmed that it will support the light rail systems in Sheffield, Manchester, West Midlands, Nottingham, and Tyne and Wear, and is working with local authorities to identify what support is needed to allow essential services to continue

Bus drivers will no longer touch cash from passengers in rule change from Monday
... encourages those making their essential journey to pay for their ticket with either a contactless bankcard, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay.

Blockchain technology for smart ticketing
Many rail travellers still use paper tickets, but many now purchase tickets via a smartphone application or use a smartcard such as the Oystercard (in ...

Trapeze and Masabi join forces to make transit payments simpler, faster and more convenient for riders
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service (FPaaS) to public transit and Trapeze Group, a global leader in the delivery of advanced transit technology and tools, today announced a strategic collaboration to offer transit agencies an integrated fare payment solution to help revolutionize the rider experience and change the way public transit agencies deliver Mobility-as-a-Service to their communities.

PayThink Transit systems shouldn't confuse open loop pay with EMV
Payments Source
An interesting observation has occurred to me during industry conferences and articles I’ve read that I felt important to address: Account-based ticketing is rarely distinguished from EMV. While an EMV transit system is a form of account-based ticketing (ABT), this assimilation is problematic. And crucially, it’s prohibiting transit

Blockchain technology for smart ticketing
Smart ticketing using blockchain can improve the passenger experience through greater flexibility, whilst cutting down on the waste of paper tickets. Joe Preece, PhD Researcher at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, examines how

UK: MIFARE Cards for Transport, Access Control, Leisure, and More Now Available at Universal Smart Cards
Digital Journal
Today, Universal Smart Cards is happy to introduce another premier product on its list: MIFARE cards, which are ideal for transport, leisure, access control, loyalty, events, and e-government purposes.