TCF News

Updated on 13th January 2020

Why An API May Be The Ticket To Solving Public Transit’s Cash Flow Jam
From London’s Underground to NYC’s MTA, transit systems are digitizing ticket purchasing to boost ridership and reduce consumer friction. But most still rely on old-school physical vending to facilitate purchases, which can cause data and cash flow issues.

Cubic and Moovit partner to jointly develop a public transport app
Last October, Cubic announced the completion of Sydney's new public transport contactless payments system that saw upgrades to the bus network ...

Smarter buses
One opportunity opened up by smart ticketing is mobility credits: loaded onto a travel smart card, these could be used to encourage the shift to public ...

Contactless payment finally comes to Wycombe's buses
Bucks Free Press
Getting buses in Wycombe has this week been made easier - with the launch of a new partnership between Arriva and Carousel. The launch of the ...

Overground ticket office opening hours slashed
Times Series
TfL and Overground operator Arriva Rail say fewer passengers are buying tickets from staff as contactless cards become more popular. But RMT union ...

South Western Railway could lose franchise after £137m loss ...
A rail firm has said it could lose its franchise after declaring a £137m loss. South Western Railway (SWR) said it was in talks with the government over the future of the contract, which is due to expire in 2024.

13 years of waiting for promised national public transport card
Plans first raised 13 years ago for a single national smartcard to pay for all public transport won't be completed until 2026. What happened?

New Subsidised Eco-Bus routes
Cornish Stuff (press release)
We have it to thank for the fleet of 'posh new buses', equipped with Wi-Fi and contactless technology enabling passengers to pay swiftly using credit ...

Lothian buses blasted over 'unacceptable' six-month wait for contactless family tickets
Edinburgh News
Families continue to be “discriminated against” and are still waiting to be able to use contactless to buy tickets for their children nearly six months after ...

Smart ticketing and mobile payment: Mobility today and tomorrow
Open Access Government
Anne Grünkorn, Managing Director at LogPay Mobility Services GmbH, tells us what we need to know about smart ticketing and mobile payment for ...

RTC Transit, Now Available on Uber for Riders in Las Vegas
Masabi PR
LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2020) – Today, Uber, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Masabi launched Uber Transit ticketing, enabling Las Vegas Valley riders to seamlessly buy and ride local transit – all from within the Uber app.
…and (Ed.)…
Starting Today: Buy RTC Passes With Transit, the App With the Most Mobility Options in Las Vegas
…passes for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) are now available in Transit, the popular mobile application used by 50,000 residents and visitors across Southern Nevada every month to plan their journey, track their ride, make multimodal connections — and now, pay for their trip.

SWR refusing to load season ticket bought from competitor onto smartcard
RailUK Forums
SWR doing their very best to show why they score so poorly on customer satisfaction today. Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, our Retail...
(Absolutely no comment: Ed.)

Who goes there? Osaka Metro tests face ID tech for taking train
Asahi Shimbun
Osaka Metro Co. has started a trial run of a face-recognition system with the aim of allowing ... It is the first verification test by a railway operator of a facial authentication technology in Japan, according to Osaka Metro representatives.

Travel Swift card used for more than 50 million journeys in the West Midlands
The West Midlands public transport smartcard Swift has been used for 50 million journeys in the last year – its most successful to date.

Deal with congestion to speed up buses, transport chief says
Eastern Daily Press
Since First Eastern Counties launched its mTicket online app in October 2015 and buses started taking contactless card payments in 2018, 55pc of ...

Fingerprint Recognition for the Car: Use Cases and Design Considerations
Electronic Design
A biometric technology, such as fingerprint recognition, is commonly thought of ... But in the automotive environment, biometric authentication is problematic for ... A face-recognition camera could automatically identify the mother and ...

D&G Bus set for New Year ticket overhaul
Knutsford Guardian
... Cheshire Travelcard scheme is that we now accept contactless payments on our buses and the number of payments through the Travelcard scheme ...

Brussels public transport to discourage paper ticket users by raising ticket price
The Brussels Times
The Brussels public transport company STIB will increase the prices of its paper tickets by €0.50 at the same time the new contactless payment system ...

Transport for Wales makes renewing your season ticket even easier
Wales247 (press release)
And with the role out of smart ticketing continuing along routes across the Wales and Borders network, more customers than ever before will have the ...

O2 signs on for 4G trials on London Underground
It seems like we have been promised the internet on the London Underground for years, and it might well become a reality in the next couple of months.

Travel payments predictions 2020
…Fast-forward to the present and we’re seeing a range of trends that re-define how people pay for travel. Here are my predictions for how four trends are going to play out in 2020.

US: Cubic to Launch First-of-its-Kind Loyalty-Based Advertising Service for Transit Agencies
Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will launch an advertising and loyalty rewards platform for public transportation called Cubic Interactive. Cubic Interactive allows brands to place advertisements within a transit agency’s mobile traveler app and/or physical assets such as gates and ticket vending machines, giving brands access to targeted, captive audiences based on a transit agency’s rich traveler demographic data.

SEPTA plans Apple Pay, Google Pay rollout for mobile fares in 2020
Paying for a SEPTA ride could become a lot more convenient for iPhone and Android users next year as plans take shape for the introduction of Apple Pay and Google Pay on fare kiosks. The public transportation authority's board voted in October to adjust its contract with Conduent, the company that manages the SEPTA Key fare system, to upgrade fare boxes and turnstiles with Apple Pay and Google Pay-compatible hardware, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Georgia completes trial of facial recognition payments for subway system ahead of Japan
Georgia has successfully completed testing of biometric facial recognition from Riddletag in the Tbilisi subway system, becoming the first country...

Check and collect
With the latest version of the ScotRail app, you can load tickets you've bought online onto your Smartcard before you travel. You can also check what ...
(Now, where’s that train?… Ed.)

South Australia app trial for better public transport
OpenGov Asia
As reported, the ‘Keoride’ app will enable passengers to order a vehicle, when and where they need it, to take them anywhere within the service area. The on-demand service will kick off in both locations on 13 January 2020 and last for six months. On-Demand public transport services will provide passengers with a faster and more personalised service.

Has the London Oyster contactless railcard's era ended?
Transport for London has no plans to phase the Oyster card out. The London Oyster contactless railcard has simplified the way customers pay for rail travel over the last ten years, with the growing number ...

Apple Express Transit Mode expanding to new networks in 2020
AppleMagazine (blog)
It's good news for travelers; Apple Pay's new Express Transit Mode is coming to new networks in 2020, as Apple and local authorities look to ...

National Park adopts solar-powered P&D terminals for car parks
Visitors to the Lake District National Park can now pay for parking with contactless technology. The National Park Authority has installed Flowbird ...

Kids go free on Elizabeth Line from Reading to Paddington
Berkshire Live
It's official – Reading is on the Tube map, you can travel to London using your contactless card, and trains will run up to every 15 minutes. From this ...

Smart ticket fulfilment is the missing link in MaaS, says new whitepaper by ITSO
Rail Professional
Smart ticketing is the missing link to a fully functioning Mobility-as-as-Service (MaaS) scheme in the UK, says a new whitepaper by ITSO Ltd, the ...
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£40m overpaid with TfL's peak paper Travelcards
Evening Standard
But passengers who use Oyster, contactless or Apple Pay in zones 1-4 would pay £10.10 because of TfL's automated fare-capping system — a saving ...

National Express Coventry freezing cash bus fares in New Year but contactless, pay as you go and ...
Coventry Observer
COACH company National Express Coventry is freezing cash bus fares in the New year in a bid to attract more customers – but contactless, Swift Pay As You Go and mobile app fares are increasing by 10p.

How Queensland is earning its place among the smart ticketing elite
Intelligent Transport
It's fair to say that innovation, customer functionality and inclusivity are the key drivers behind smart ticketing. The Palaszczuk Labor Government's ...

American Airlines includes NFC passport reading in mobile app
Passengers flying on international American Airlines flights can now use an NFC passport checking function integrated into the airline's mobile apps ...

Connected cars and in-car payments: the road so far and the road ahead
The Paypers
Today, people are looking to take advantage of new technologies that help them make purchases from the convenience of their car’s dashboard. In-car payment technology is an exciting area of innovation and an amazing opportunity for vehicles to be part of the everyday commerce experiences.

China launches first no-ticket intercity train line in Guangzhou
The Asia Times reports that passengers on the 147km line between Guangzhou and Shenzhen just have to scan a QR barcode, and their face, to get on the train. When they arrive at their destination, their face and barcode are scanned again, after which money is deducted from their digital wallet – around $12 at present prices.

How to Turn on Apple Pay Express Transit Mode in iOS 13
The Mac Observer
On Tuesday, London became the latest city to have Apple Pay Express Transit mode. It is designed to help users get through ticket barriers at stations ...

Cracking open the story of London's Oyster Card
Railway Technology
The London Oyster contactless railcard is rightfully hailed as a visionary technological leap in the way passengers pay for rail travel, and throughout ...

Auckland Airport rolls out new scanners as part of move towards biometric screening
New Zealand Herald
... technology transformation that could eventually include biometric authentication to enable seamless journeys from check-in to boarding the aircraft.

Apple Pay 'Express Transport' tool helps Londoners hop on the tube faster
The Sun
Apple Pay launched in 2014, and allows iPhone and Apple Watch users to pay for things by holding their gadgets over a card reader. It works like any ...
…To activate Express Transport, simply head to your settings and tap "Wallet and Apple pay". From here, scroll down to travel card and select which Apple Pay card you would like to use as your Express Travel Card. Complete the verification process with a Face or Touch ID scan and your gadget is ready to go. The new system works on any iPhone from the 6S onward, including the SE.

Labour plans biggest ever rail fares cut to save commuters £1000 a year
Labour intends to replace the current system with one based on a London model of ticketing, creating zonal rail fares and rolling out contactless ...

Transport For London Contactless Transaction - Get 10% back every time with Amex
Good offer for Amex cardholders. Save to Card to get a 10% statement credit on an eligible contactless transaction with Transport for London by ...