TCF News

Updated on 7th September 2020

LA Metro and Cubic facilitate touch-free travel
…The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has introduced a new Transit Access Pass (Tap) contactless mobile app, offering travellers a convenient way to safely pay for their journeys. LA Metro partnered with Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) to introduce the Tap mobile app so now it and 25 participating Tap agencies across Los Angeles County can offer customers touchless bus and rail fare payment options. CTS has also enabled the Tap card on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Cubic and WMATA Introduce SmarTrip on iPhone and Apple ...
Cubic PR
Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) enabled SmarTrip on the iPhone and Apple Watch, giving transit riders a contactless way to pay for their journeys on trains and buses in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Telcos eye $3bn eSIM opportunity from connected cars
Operators could generate an additional $3 billion of service revenue by 2025 from cars equipped with embedded SIM (eSIM) cards.

Masabi and Partner Jorudan continue Mobility-as-a-Service Expansion in Japan with Mobile Ticketing in-app Service for Kagoshima and Hachijo-jima
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service (FPaaS) to public transport, and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning service, today announced that they have extended their partnership with the launch of mobile ticketing in Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) apps for two further agencies, adding to those already live in Tokyo, Oita, Kitakyushu and Nikko Kotsu.

Apple Pay launched on South Western Railway App
Apple Pay makes it easier for passengers to buy their tickets online. All passengers need to do is use an Apple Device, like an iPad or iPhone, to access ...

East Midlands secures rail collaboration agreement with DfT
Transport Network
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has signed off a multi-year agreement with Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM) that provides local leaders with a formal voice in the management of the East Midlands franchise, which has been run by East Midlands Railway (EMR) since August 2019.

Thameslink's 'keyGo' smartcard to accept Railcards
This is a first for the rail industry for discounts with smartcard technology, and means passengers with railcards can now tap in and out of railway ...

Bus operator, trentbarton, chooses ACT to deploy Account Based Ticketing with Barcodes
ACT a Fujitsu Company
ACT, a Fujitsu company, has signed a five-year deal with bus operator, trentbarton, to supply an Account Based Ticketing (ABT) solution through an intuitive barcode app for smartphones.

Southern and Thameslink passengers told about new discount benefits
The Argus
The contactless system removes the need to queue or book ahead, ... This industry-first expansion of smartcard technology on National Rail means ...

Mind the Gap: Network Rail trials distancing app
Transport Network
A new social-distancing app is ready for industry-wide deployment after a successful pilot with Network Rail, its developers have said.

Transit app and Masabi launch Montreal’s first mobile fare solution for ARTM, covering all Montreal-area buses
Masabi PR
Transit, North America’s leading mobility app and endorsed app of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and Masabi, today launched a new single-ride bus fare from the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), the Montreal region’s public transit governing authority.

Research volunteers throw humans under the facial recognition bus
Biometric Update
Which is inherently more trustworthy – facial recognition performed by biometric AI or people? According to a new government study, people are more ...

Here are some top tips for pupils wearing masks on school transport
Glasgow Times
…School pupils must allow passengers exiting the bus to get off before they get on, wear a face covering before boarding and must not remove the covering until they have got off the bus. They must sit at the back of the bus alongside other pupils, ring the bell so passengers don’t have to queue to disembark, observe social distancing at all times, pay by smartcard or contactless
(Um, just eight rules then: Ed.)

Back to School travel with Southeastern thanks to The Key contactless card
Students are being urged to register for a contactless travel card with Southeastern. The Key cards are able to be loaded with a range of tickets, from ...

Scots Tory leader unveils new economy blueprint
The Scotsman
Mr Ross previously called for accelerated infrastructure investment with proposals for a three-lane M8, a Scottish Smart Travel Card for contactless travel, faster rail links from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness, and a joint UK-Scottish Government infrastructure vehicle. But the plan has been dismissed as “empty rhetoric” by SNP Deputy leader Keith Brown.
(A Scottish Smart Travel Card? Ed. has dim memories of that pledge about six years ago, not from the Tories but from the Scottish Government.)

COVID-19 impact on passenger numbers at SE1 tube stations revealed
London SE1
Tube journeys started at Southwark Station 13 January to 21 August where the payment method was Oyster or contactless (NB station open weekdays ...

Can't wear a mask on the buses? Take a card with you
Oxford Mail
OXFORD Bus Company and Thames Travel have produced a free card to help passengers who are exempt from wearing a face mask. The bus operators have created cards that state ‘please be supportive. I’m exempt from wearing a face covering’ to help those passengers who cannot wear one.

Internet of Things in Railways
ARC Advisory Group
The Internet of Things in Railways Market Research report delivers current ... There is no doubt that Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is the Fourth ...

Ticket types
Arriva Bus
Contactless payment. Plan my journey. Find my bus. Where are you coming from? Where do you want to go? Plan my journey. Arriva Bus. Buy tickets.
(Not complicated, then? Confus-Ed.)

Technical Delivery Lead - Smart card/Smart Ticketing solutions
Proven experience managing complex projects, ideally smartcard/smart ticketing solutions; Strong understanding of technical architecture, principles ...
(£80K, City: nice. Ed.)

Covid-19 'will transform public transport' - Cubic Transportation Systems
"Post COVID-19, demand for contactless fare collection has skyrocketed," says Mr Walker. "Three quarters of consumers now say they will look to use ...

CAT launches rideCAT mobile ticketing app with Masabi
The Paypers
Masabi has partnered with Collier Area Transit (CAT) to launch a new mobile ticketing application for riders using CAT’s services. The mobile ticketing app, called rideCAT, offers an upgrade to current ticketing options by enabling riders to purchase and display tickets directly on their smartphones anywhere and at any time.

Juniper Research
A new study from Juniper Research has found that digital ticket transaction volumes will exceed pre-COVID levels by 2022; rising from 12.7 billion in 2020 to 32 billion in 2022. It anticipates that continued easing of global travel restrictions will drive increased demand for mobile ticketing in the rail, metro and bus sectors, as commuters return to work.

Blog: Saskatoon Transit awards contract to Masabi to deliver next generation mobile and account-based ticketing solution
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare-Payments-as-a-Service (FPaaS) to public transit, today announced that it has been selected by Saskatoon Transit to deliver a next generation fare payment system utilizing its market-leading Justride platform. The company will deliver a comprehensive and innovative account-based fare payment and validation solution to Saskatchewan’s largest city in 2021.

Blog: Collier Area Transit Launch rideCAT Contactless Mobile Ticketing App with Partner Masabi
Masabi Blog
Collier Area Transit (CAT), the public transportation agency in Collier County, Florida, and Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service to public transit, today announced they have launched a new mobile ticketing application for riders using Collier Area Transit’s services. The mobile ticketing app, called rideCAT, offers an upgrade to current ticketing options by enabling riders to purchase and display tickets directly on their smartphones anywhere and at any time.

Supplier Correction (Ed.)
New Ticket Machines and Smartcards for Transport for Wales
The card-only and cash & card ticket vending machines contract was awarded to Scheidt and Bachmann (UK) Limited in 2019 with rollout commencing in 2020 through to 2021.

LNER contactless car parking is just the ticket
LNER is introducing a new contactless parking system across the East Coast route, enabling customers to have a contactless journey experience from ...

First Dorset busses go contactless
Dorset Echo
FIRST Dorset is now accepting Express Mode for Apple Pay on its buses to offer passengers another contactless method to avoid using cash. Express ...

Council to reintroduce cash payments at car parks
Stoke-on-Trent Live
“Our parking machines offer both 'chip and pin' and contactless options as means of payment.
(Stoke-on-Trent leads the payments revolution with its daring leap into the 20th century. Ed.)
…but they are not alone (Ed.)

Comment: The decarbonising transport consultation is a chance for real change
Transport Network
Chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, Darren Shirley, argues there is a chance for real change in transport and we can't afford to let it slip by.

Blog: Everything You Need to Know About Contactless Ticketing for Public Transport (cEMV)
Masabi Blog
…The term "contactless ticketing" has been adopted to refer to the use of contactless bank cards to tap and ride on public transport systems. In this blog post, we'll be focusing on the use of contactless bank cards and these same cards emulated through Apple Pay and Google Pay on mobile for use as a means to simply tap and travel on public transport.

Are we entering the fourth era of public transport?
Philippe Vappereau – Calypso – via iseepr
This may seem a bold claim, but the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst in driving forwards a fast-paced reaction from the transport industry. It is clear that things will not – indeed, cannot – be the same again. …Public transport today faces a cruel paradox: operating the capacity to handle mass passenger flows when needed, while helping facilitate social distancing to keep people safe if Covid-19 persists or returns.