TCF News

Updated on 18th November 2020

SARTA users give EZfare mobile ticketing app overwhelmingly positive reviews
Masabi PR
More than 86% of people who use the free EZfare mobile ticketing app are “extremely satisfied” with the innovative cashless fare payment system according to a recent survey of Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) riders conducted by researchers from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. Developed by NEORide and the consortium’s technology partner Masabi…

Regional Transit Service integrates transit tickets into mobility-as-a-service app
NFC World + Masabi
They can also opt to buy a reloadable RTS Go smart card to make onboard contactless fare payments that can be topped up via the app, on a web ...

Why the 2020s Will Be a Defining Decade for Smart Ticketing
RFID Journal
In the midst of the global payment disruption, smart ticketing has become a mega-trend. Contactless cards have gained impetus over the ...

Transport for London sticks to Oyster in new fare collection system
Transport for London (TfL) is planning to move its Oyster prepayment cards to the same back-office system it uses for contactless payments, as part of a new revenue collection system contract worth up to £1.1bn. The transport provider said the move will allow the legacy back-office system currently used for Oyster to be retired. Passengers still use Oyster cards in the same way, but data will move from the cards to the central system also used for contactless card payments. The information appears in a prior information notice for a new revenue collection system contract which will run from 2025.

Green Motion launches contactless car rental at UK's largest airport
Green Motion
Green Motion announced today the launch of their contactless car rental service 'Drive & Go' at London Heathrow Airport, delivering a frictionless contact-free experience to both airport and domestic car rental customers

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New feature on c2c app to revolutionise ticket buying process
EAST London and South Essex train operator c2c has launched a brand new app feature, which allows customers to load tickets directly onto their Smartcard so they can travel straightaway. Using NFC (near-field communication) technology, the new in-app loading allows customers to quickly load tickets prior to arriving at the station by simply opening the c2c Train Travel App and holding their Smartcard against their mobile phone.

Nottingham launches new Robin Hood app
The benefits of travelling using an ITSO enabled Robin Hood smartcard have just been extended with the launch of a new ticketing app that lets customers top up wherever they are.

Transport for London dangles £1.1bn carrot in pursuit of suppliers for new revenue collection deal
The Register
Transport for London, the body responsible for public transport and infrastructure in Europe’s largest city*, is set to begin talks with suppliers over a potential £1.1bn deal for collecting money for travel. At pre-COVID levels, TfL took in about £5bn from paying customers across the English capital every year, supporting 16 million journeys per day. It is now looking for “possible approaches to the procurement of a new revenue collection system contract” in a market teaser otherwise known as a Prior Information Notice. As part of the new contract, the transport authority expects an overhaul of the ticketing and payment infrastructure familiar to any London-dwelling traveller. The old pneumatic powered gates, mainly found in central London, will be replaced, as will the current ticket validation readers.

Nottingham begins rollout of multi-operator contactless ticketing system
NFC World
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has become the first transportation operator in the UK city to roll out Nottingham Contactless, a multi-operator ticketing system that lets passengers use open-loop debit and credit cards and NFC mobile phones to pay for fares across multiple transportation operators.

Masabi, Rochester Regional Transit Service launch account-based ticketing solution powered by ...
The technology, powered by Masabi's Justride platform, means riders will no longer need to buy a ticket and will be able to use their RTS Go smart card ...

Contactless points appear at Merseyrail stations ahead of 'exciting new developments'
Liverpool Echo
Video taken at one Merseyrail station by YouTuber johnboyMc22 shows a small yellow box with the contactless payment symbol on the front. A display ...

Cardiff Bus & Passenger sign a new 3-year contract
Passenger PR
Cardiff Bus has renewed its app and website contract with UK technology company Passenger, and is looking forward to another three years working with Britain’s leading digital transport services provider.

UK: INIT provides multi-client contactless ticketing system for Nottingham
A step towards passenger and driver safety in trying times and a means for faster boarding: INIT has devised a contactless ticketing system for Nottingham’s three public transport providers Nottingham City Transport (NCT), CT4N and Nottingham Trams Ltd. (NET Trams). “Nottingham Contactless” is the first multi-operator ticketing system in the United Kingdom outside London.

Smart ticketing market to witness steady growth of 19% during 2020-2026
Telemedia Online
Smart ticketing is a system which enables electronically storing tickets in a microchip. Here, the microchip is embedded on a smart card. In terms of ...

Smartphone tickets set to launch on Metro - with plans for Tube-style contactless payment barriers ...
Shields Gazette
'Host card emulation (HCE) – aka smart ticketing on mobile phones – to ... said: “A lot of customers have asked just to use contactless bank cards on ...

Masabi and Japanese Partner Jorudan Continue Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) Expansion with the Launch of In-app Mobile Ticketing in Okayama Prefecture
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments as-a-Service to public transit and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning service, today announced that they have launched in-app mobile ticketing for Shimotsui Dentetsu in the Okayama Prefecture, focused on helping locals and visitors travel around the area.

How do I load tickets onto my Smartcard?
Hold your Smartcard against your phone and follow the on screen instructions. Select OK if you're ready to load; You'll see a tick showing your ticket has ...
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TransMach TM920: A ticketing solution ‘with small to medium operators at its heart’
TransMach PR
Norfolk-based Coach Services has partnered with tech supplier TransMach to roll out a new contactless ticketing solution across its network

Cubic and Sqills Continue Modernization Efforts for Iarnrod Eireann Irish Rail
Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division was awarded a contract worth more than $11 million to provide Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail with ongoing enhancements to its ticketing system. As part of the contract, Cubic’s partner and industry-leading ticketing SaaS provider Sqills, has started the migration of its booking, reservation and revenue management software, S3 Passenger from on premise hosting to Software as a Service (SaaS) mode.

5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to support development of 5G enabled transport innovations.

Thales installs thermal cameras at 108 Network Rail critical staff locations to monitor for Covid-19
Thales has rolled out the installation of thermal cameras at over 108 critical Network Rail staffing locations across Britain as a safety measure to help protect staff.

Australia calls for bids on biometric platform for passenger declarations, visas
Biometric Update
Australia’s Home Affairs Department has launched a call to tender for the installation of a biometric technology system that will facilitate seamless digital passenger declarations and visa processes for persons traveling in and out of the country.

Government to provide up to £1.7bn funding for TfL as passenger numbers fall
Bdaily National
A London transport organisation has announced that it will be receiving up to £1.7bn of funding from the government due to a fall in passenger numbers. Transport for London (TfL), which operates the city’s buses and Underground system, has agreed on a funding package from the Department for Transport, which will provide the company with a core amount of £1bn.

Santa Cruz Metro and Masabi launch Metro Splash Pass contactless mobile ticketing app
The cash-free, contactless, and COVID-19 safe, mobile ticketing solution allows METRO riders to purchase fares and display tickets on their ...

Innovative payment technologies that commuters will love
NMI Newsbites
Social distancing has consumers making payments from their cars -- and wary of cash and using PIN pads. Here’s how you can meet the demand for safe, seamless payments for commuters.

Shapps blocks TfSE application for statutory status
Transport Network
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has tried to backtrack over an assertion by a junior minister that the Government 'would not approve any proposals for statutory status' from sub-national transport bodies.

UK: Calgary Transit is en-route with Access-IS ticket validators
Access-IS, part of HID, is excited to announce the integration of its VAL100 ticket validators by Masabi for Calgary Transit

Cardiff Bus pause active tickets during national lockdown
Passenger PR
After a further lockdown was declared from Friday 23 October, Cardiff Bus placed a pause on its active 4 Week To Go, 4 Week To Go Plus and annual tickets in an effort to help relieve financial stress for customers. UK technology company Passenger, are the developers and providers of the Cardiff Bus app and website, which are used by hundreds of thousands of people in Wales.

‘Time to reinvent ourselves’: John Clarfelt to step down as Ticketer CEO
Route ONE
As Ticketer welcomes Andy Monshaw as its new CEO, routeone speaks with incumbent John Clarfelt to talk strategy and the reason behind the change in leadership
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The trends driving Europe's mass transit future forward
Intelligent Transport
Closed-loop smart cards and other legacy payment systems are, among other inconveniences, costly to manage. For example, in 2010, TfL spent ...

Free bus travel for under-19s in Scotland due to begin next year
Under the new scheme, smart cards will be provided to all Scottish residents aged between 5 and 18, which will remain valid for free travel until their ...

Transportation IOT: Keeping our roads safe
Cambridge Wireless
... Internet of Things (IIoT), spending approximately $78 billion from 2016-2018. Safety is a part of 'Transportation IOT' that is vital for overall success.

Wales to nationalise rail services
Transport Network
The Welsh Government is to bring the Wales and Borders rail franchise under public control, ‘in the face of dramatic falls in passenger numbers’. The new arrangements will see day to day rail services become the responsibility of a new publicly owned subsidiary of Transport for Wales (TfW)

Contactless Ticketing Smart Card Shipments Fall 10% in 2020 as Transport Networks Close ...
PR Newswire UK
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide shipments of contactless ticketing smart cards are set to fall from 439.7 million in 2019 to 393.9 million in 2020, according to ABI Research

New contactless and cash-free Metro travel for Under 16s
A new smart card, called Junior blue, can be bought and topped up online, meaning passengers don't need to think about carrying cash or using ticket ...