TCF News

Updated on 17th March 2021

Masabi and Jorudan Add Popular Meiko Bus Tourist Route to Japan’s Biggest Integrated Mobile Ticketing and Journey Planning Platform
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments as-a-Service to public transport and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning and MaaS service, today announced that they have launched mobile ticketing with Meiko Bus, including the operator’s popular Shirahima Onsen route.

CEN/TC 278 N 4391, Decision 007-2021 Public transport ­ Distribution APIs for MaaS
BSI: standards development, via Chris Queree
The TR will document these published examples (and private example where possible) of MaaS distribution APIs so that informed decisions about can be made as regards further European standardisation and/or Regulation.

England to update bus services with a £3 billion plan involving hydrogen technology
Government wants to introduce contactless payments on all services and create "hundreds of miles of new bus lanes." A bus travelling on roads in ...

Renewed hopes of London-style transport smart card for North East
Sunderland Echo
The region's leaders were left dismayed earlier this year when the Government axed £105million of funding to install smart ticketing infrastructure ...
(Slightly underwhelming when you read it: Ed.)

(Smart or not? Ed.)

Daily bus hopper tickets & contactless coming to ALL buses as part of Boris Johnson's £3billion ...
The Sun
Daily bus hopper tickets & contactless coming to ALL buses as part of Boris Johnson's £3billion transport revolution

Boris Johnson unveils £3bn bus revolution in 'act of levelling up'
Oxford Mail
... can use the bus as many times a day as they need, more services in the evenings and at weekends, and all buses will accept contactless payments.

Tube cleaners refuse fingerprint clock-in - Tech Monitor
Tech Monitor
A new fingerprint-based clocking-in system for the London Underground staff has been met with retaliation by members of the RMT union who said the technology infringed their rights. In a ballot by the union, 98% of workers said they plan to refuse to cooperate with the new system. The cleaners will instead continue to sign in manually and by phone.

Trainline revenues shrink by 75% as refunds and reduced traffic impact figures
Bdaily National
A UK travel service has today announced that its revenue shrank by nearly 75 per cent over the last year. Trainline, an online ticketing service, reported that its group revenues for its 2021 financial year dropped to £67m, a 74 per cent fall from the previous year’s £261m.

Why Amadeus developed the industry's first integrated cloud solution for airports
International Airport Review
... like contactless multi-merchant payments to be rolled out at check-in desks, ... as well as roll out new contactless passenger services in record time.

EMR to offer the country’s first ‘Smart Kiosk’ ticket machines
…First of its kind machines to support barcode and smart card ticketing options. The Smart Kiosk is more intuitive and user friendly making it easier to find the cheapest fares as well as including real time travel information for passengers.

OC Transpo offers new touchless way to pay your fare [Canada]
Scheidt & Bachmann/OC Transpo PR
OC Transpo is launching a customer trial this afternoon for a new touchless way to pay fares using credit cards and smartphones… The trial is a partnership with Scheidt & Bachmann and will give OC Transpo one of the most advanced fare payment systems in Canada. The trial has been fast-tracked so that OC Transpo can offer customers more ways to pay their fare while reducing touch points during the COVID-19 pandemic.

900 suspects detained with the help of Moscow Metro's face recognition system
Modern Diplomacy
Since the beginning of September, about 900 suspects have been detained in Moscow with the help of face recognition, said the Head of Moscow Metro’s Security Service Andrei Kichigin in an interview with The arrested people were suspected of committing serious crimes, including those related to drug trafficking, theft, causing grievous bodily harm and other violations.
(Mmm: it’s the ‘other violations’ that worry Ed.  Like disagreeing with the ‘strong central government’ maybe.  And how did they get the biometric template for their database in the first place?)

#Facial Recognition Pilot Project at Madrid Airport Evolves into Broader Contactless Passenger Experience
Border Security Report
The national airports authority AENA is part of a consortium including Iberia, Inetum, and Thales, carrying out an innovation project to find new ways to operate in the air travel industry with health measures to fight Covid-19.

North 'will not just roll over' if transport plans are downgraded, leaders say
Yorkshire Post
Politicians from across the region convened for the Transport for the North (TfN) board meeting today, following the news that the body had been told by the Government not to submit its the business plan for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) ahead of a Whitehall report setting out how the scheme will link up with HS2 and other major infrastructure projects.

Supporting operators to build back better in 2021
Passenger PR
Passenger are working with operators to #BuildBackBetter and be ready to welcome passengers back on board when safe to do so. Blackpool Transport's QR code integration brings new benefits to drivers and users, as part of their modernised and accessible network.

c2c to stop Oyster card sales from ticket offices
From the end of next month, the rail operator, c2c will stop selling Oyster cards and won’t process top-ups for existing customers through their ticket offices. Their ticket machines will still process top-ups for existing Oyster cards, but they say customers wanting a new Oyster card, will need to use other vendors such as a local newsagent or via TfL.
(…as one of my readers commented: “Not exactly improving customer service.” Ed.)

Smart ticketing system for the Midlands “essential part of levelling-up agenda” say MPs
East Midlands Business Link
MPs have urged the Government to invest in a Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’ smart ticketing system for public transport, to boost passenger numbers, convenience and safety post-COVID-19. New research by transport body Midlands Connect, which helped to develop the plans, showed that nine out of ten people surveyed supported the scheme, while 61 per cent of respondents questioned said that having a smart ticketing system in place would make them more likely to use public transport.

As North's smart ticketing plans are scrapped, report warns of 'lack of continuity' holding back ...
Yorkshire Post
But their report comes as TfN prepares to close its £150m smart ticketing programme designed to create a London-style 'pay as you go' transport system

£20m Oyster-style smart card system could be linking Midlands transport as early as 2022
Business Live
The Government is being urged to pump £20 million into a new contactless travel card which would allow people to travel across the whole of the ... …MPs have now joined Midlands Connect in calling on the Government to invest in what they call a Midlands-wide “tap and cap” ticketing system which would allow people to travel seamlessly across the whole region, paying for journeys via one smart device, mobile phone or credit card.
(Save money: buy a cheap oyster from TfL – they don’t want theirs… Ed.)

From yesterday’s Smartexpress…(Ed.)
Suspending Contactless Payments for Get Me There Smartcards - Warringtons Own Buses
Warringtons Own Buses
With immediate effect, we are suspending contactless payments for the Get Me There 7 Day Anybus smartcard ticket on our buses. Along with other ...
Two readers kindly provided their views to Ed. on this type of fraud:
In response to the first item, it may be that the card readers on the buses cannot go online, so that criminals can use cards that would be rejected or require a PIN at POS.
Stolen bank cards are being used to purchase the ITSO products on bus, using contactless payment to buy the product. The ITSO card would then be sold on in order to fund criminal activity. Get me there cards are being used, as are other operator’s ITSO cards and … it is happening across the country. With feedback from the bus operators, TfGM and other operators are hot listing these cards to prevent further use.

Railfuture pitches flexiseasons 'for 2021'
Transport Network
The Railfuture group said the ticket will be needed when larger numbers of people return to workplaces, with many likely to keep working at home for some of the week. It has suggested a mid-2021 launch date. To meet the needs of the ‘hybrid worker’, it has proposed a flexible ticket providing 10 single journeys - effectively five returns - to be used within two weeks and priced the same as a weekly season ticket.

Contactless pay-as-you-go plans for trains and buses set to be scrapped
Contactless pay-as-you-go plans for trains and buses set to be scrapped. Transport for the North proposes winding down its 'smart ticketing' project.

Contactless Payments on Blackpool Transport Buses
Visit Blackpool
Contactless payment has arrived at Blackpool Transport and wraps up a number of years of investment totalling more than £20m in Blackpool's bus ...

Liberal Democrats call for a radical shake-up of Scotland's transport system
A Scotland-wide smart card system for all forms of transport. Allowing regional transport partnerships control over the development and promotion of ...
(Then it shall be so: Ed.)

Suspending Contactless Payments for Get Me There Smartcards - Warringtons Own Buses
Warringtons Own Buses
With immediate effect, we are suspending contactless payments for the Get Me There 7 Day Anybus smartcard ticket on our buses. Along with other ...
(Anyone know what type of fraud this is? Oblig-Ed.)

Transport m-Ticketing usage rises 200%, reports UrbanThings
UrbanThings PR
…Released in a new white paper discussing the future of public transport and smart cities, UrbanThings presented their mobile ticketing sales and app usage throughout 2020 to demonstrate how COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for smart travel. Carl Partridge, CEO of UrbanThings, explained,

Unicard HOPS aboard Scotland's free travel scheme
Transport Network
Transport Scotland has selected Unicard’s central back-office solution to manage both commercial journeys and the Scottish National Concessionary Travel Scheme. Unicard, a provider of smart ticketing and payment solutions to the public transport sector, said its Host Operator Processing System (HOPS) transport data management system securely processes all smart transactions and supports all ITSO accredited smart ticketing schemes. A Transport Scotland spokesman told Transport Network that it is a four-year contract valued at £1.7m, with the option of a further two years at a total cost of £2.3m.

End of the line for smart ticketing across the North
The Business Desk
Transport for the North will meet next week to agree the closure of its planned £150m smart ticketing programme after the Department for Transport (DfT) slashed the organisation’s funding. The regional transport body learned last month that its funding from Government would be much lower than for this year and would not cover the costs of its plans. This put its smart ticketing ambitions in jeopardy and TfN’s board will now meet next week to approve the closure of its Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) programme.

Experts discuss pandemic shifting of airport biometrics emphasis, as new implementations unveiled
Biometric Update
The adoption of airport biometrics is unlikely to be slowed by the pandemic, experts from Aruba and Vision-Box suggested during the Border Security Conference, and investments appear to be confirming that analysis. SITA is rolling out its Smart Path biometrics in Bahrain, Telos has extended a contract with Philadelphia International and Genetec has won one in Singapore.

Road Restriction Alerts
Ticketer PR
Ticketer’s Road Restriction feature alerts drivers when they are in the vicinity of a road with restricted access that cannot be accommodated by the vehicle the driver is currently driving. Using the latest dataset of restricted roads across the UK, together with dimensions of the vehicles, the ETM can detect when the bus is approaching any restricted roads and warn the driver via a visible and audible alert.

Snowdonia National Park Authority receives backing for efforts to solve parking problems
... for Wales is now working with the authority on initiatives such as active travel routes, public transport gateways, and smart ticketing measures.

Cubic Awarded $39 Million Contract to Provide Equipment for New York Metropolitan ...
Yahoo Finance
…Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division was awarded a contract option worth $39 million by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to upgrade the fare payment system for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad.

Pittsburgh's Port Authority, Masabi and Transit app Launch First Phase of ‘Ready2Ride™’ Mobile Ticketing System
Masabi PR
Port Authority of Allegheny County, in partnership with Transit and Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service to public transit, today announced the launch of the first phase of the new Ready2Ride™ mobile ticketing system with a three-month pilot

American Airlines Passengers Can Upload COVID-19 Test Results to New Health Passport Before ...
Launched in January, the carrier partnered with biometric authentication provider VeriFLY to give travelers a streamlined experience, keeping all their ...

Academy Bus Launches SilverPass Mobile App to Make Trip Planning and Paying Easier and Safer for Riders During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond [USA]
Masabi PR
Academy Bus, the nation’s largest privately-owned ground transportation company, announced today that it has launched SilverPass, its first mobile device application. The app will offer complete mobile-based route planning, pay and ride capabilities for Academy’s daily commuter routes between New York City and destinations throughout New Jersey.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons introduce Contactless Payments on all services
Fleet Transport
Kilkenny headquartered J.J. Kavanagh & Sons has introduced Contactless Payment Technology on-board all of its services across the passenger ...