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India – New and upgraded Kochi Metro cards from November

By | October 17, 2017

KOCHI: Kochi Metro Rail Limited will start issuing new and upgraded Kochi One cards from all Metro stations from November.  There have been complaints that the multipurpose Kochi One cards are not functioning in the swiping machines of commercial establishments.  “The cards are not faulty, but they have to be upgraded. More than one lakh cards are ready which… Read More »

Greece – New electronic cards for transportation making debut in Athens

By | October 7, 2017

At least 3,000 new electronic tickets had been sold by Friday afternoon, announced the Athens urban transport organisation (OASA), which is gradually rolling over from paper tickets to rechargeable cards for all transportation means. Tickets are still available in paper, but electronic card users are offered a bonus of an extra ride for free. The contactless cards, available… Read More »

UK – ‘Contactless by 2019’ – Transport for Greater Manchester promises improvements to much-maligned smart-ticketing system

By | September 27, 2017

After coming in for heavy criticism, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has admitted its new smart-ticketing system is “not yet where we want [it] to be”, but has laid out a longer-term plan for the platform that includes contactless payment and Oyster-style top-up.   The Get Me There scheme includes an app and a smart card – dubbed… Read More »

India – In the works, single smart card for all forms of transport

By | September 20, 2017

An integrated ticketing system, by which commuters in Mumbai can use a single smart card to travel on all forms of transport is in the works and is expected to be in place in the next two years, before two Metro lines come up in the city. “In the next two years, before the Metro corridors are commissioned,… Read More »

Vietnam – Hanoi to introduce interoperable smart cards for public transport

By | September 7, 2017

A Record of Discussions (R/D) for the “Supporting the Development of an Interoperable Smart Card System for Public Transportation in Hanoi” Technical Cooperation Project was signed on August 31. The project will be carried out for two years from early 2018, aimed at improving the technical and management capacity of counterpart agencies under the Hanoi People’s Committee (HPC).… Read More »

Octopus Launches “20th Anniversary Special Edition Octopus” to Celebrate Two Decades of Milestones

By | September 5, 2017

(Hong Kong, 5 September 2017) Octopus Cards Limited (OCL) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with the launch of a commemorative “20th Anniversary Special Edition Octopus” featuring its new logo signifying Octopus’ new journey of innovation to serve the Hong Kong community. The 20th Anniversary Special Edition Octopus features the new logo as the centerpiece on a black and grey… Read More »

India – Just two weeks and you can use your Delhi Metro Smart Card to travel in DTC buses

By | August 16, 2017

In two weeks from now, 500 DTC buses in the capital will have the facility as Common Mobility Cards will be rolled out after years of delay. The Delhi Government has started obtaining chips called the Secure Access Mobile (SAM) from South Korea which provides the facility of cashless transportation in the city in buses. These will be… Read More »

India – Soon, walk into metro station without taking your card from pocket

By | August 3, 2017

CHENNAI: Commuters could soon walk into a metro station, hands in pockets, take a ride, and walk out without waiting in queues or swiping their smart cards. Chennai Metro RailLimited has invited tenders to introduce contact-less smart cards which can be detected by scanners at stations even if the passenger keeps it in the pocket or a bag. The ticket price… Read More »

UK – Greater Manchester is one step closer to having its own version of Oyster card for ALL public transport

By | August 3, 2017

Greater Manchester is one step closer to having its own version of the Oyster card for use on all public transport. The ‘Get Me There’ smartcard has now been launched for use on trams and buses across the region. Passengers will also be able to use it on trains in the next four years, if transport bosses keep… Read More »

USA – TriMet’s Hop Fastpass officially launches

By | July 17, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet officially launched Hop Fastpass, an electronic-fare card system, on Monday. Hop allows riders to use one fare system throughout the Portland-Vancouver region, provides benefits including daily and monthly ride savings and auto-loading and lost-card protection. Planning for the electronic fare system started in 2011, while construction work at MAX platforms laid groundwork for Hop starting in March… Read More »

Australia – Tap & go: Mastercard deploys contactless payments on Sydney ferries

By | July 10, 2017

Mastercard and Transport for New South Wales have introduced a contactless ticketing payment solution to Sydney Ferries that travel the F1 Manly to Circular Quay service. Commuters can now use their Mastercard contactless card or mobile wallets that have enabled Mastercard cards to pay for their fare. The aim of the solution is to save time for commuters,… Read More »

USA – MARTA says goodbye to blue Breeze cards, opts for safer silver cards

By | July 9, 2017

Beginning July 10, MARTA will stop accepting the old standard blue Breeze cards, instead switching over to silver Breeze cards that offer new security measures. The new silver cards, which can be purchased for $2, help combat fraud and abuse, the release said, which is an issue MARTA has dealt with before. They also have stronger chip technology to… Read More »

Australia – Sydney ferries roll out contactless ticketing

By | July 6, 2017

Paying for a ferry ride is now as easy as tap-and-go, as Mastercard and Transport for NSW bring contactless ticketing payment to Sydney Ferries on the F1 Manly to Circular Quay service. In an Australian first, commuters can use their Mastercard contactless card or mobile wallets that have enabled Mastercard cards to tap on. Supporting domestic and international… Read More »

India – BMTC Pilots Contactless Cards For Ticket Payments; Full Rollout in Bengaluru Soon

By | July 5, 2017

Contactless is the way to go, and this has been proved by the recent changes by organisations to allow users to pay for their transactions using NFC or similar technology. Recently DMRC allowed the use of a smartwatch to make contactless payments, and now BMTC is piloting a similar mechanism. According to a report by ETtech, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is developing a… Read More »

Octopus makes move into online payment

By | June 23, 2017

Payments for shopping, donations and bills can now be settled with Octopus card over the internet following the launch of a new app. The app combines three side products of the Octopus card – Octopus O! ePay, Octopus app and the Octopus Mobile SIM – and aims to provide customers with a new payment experience, the company said.… Read More »

India – AXIS BANK, KMRL Launch KOCHI1 Card For Commuters

By | June 17, 2017

Kochi: Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card, India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.  Axis Bank has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in… Read More »

Azerbaijan – Payment for public transport to be further simplified

By | June 13, 2017

Salary cards [plastic cards] can be used for paying for public transport in Baku, said Mais Aghayev, the head of the Public Relations Department of Baku Transport Agency. “It’s early to talk specifically about the time frame of implementation of the project, in view of the fact that there are certain nuances that need to be addressed. We… Read More »

India – Kochi-One smart card to be launched on June 17

By | June 11, 2017

The much awaited multi-purpose Kochi-One smart card for commuters will be launched during the inaugural function of the Metro project on June 17. The passengers can use the co-branded cards for taking various modes of transport including private buses, boats and also for mercantile and internet transactions. It can be linked to any bank account of the user… Read More »

UK – Another Step Forward for Birmingham’s Answer to the Oyster Card

By | March 21, 2017

Birmingham’s Oyster-style travel card can now be used on local train services opening it up to thousands of more commuters. The Swift card, already used on buses and trams, will now be accepted on London Midland, Chiltern, Virgin, Arriva and Cross Country train services within the West Midlands area. A total of 12,000 rail commuters who currently use… Read More »

Isle of Man – Launch of Go Silver Smart Cards

By | March 21, 2017

Go Silver smart cards will be issued to around 21,000 senior citizen residents on the island over a 3 to 4 week period from week commencing Monday 3rd April.  The card replaces the 60+ senior citizen concessionary travel pass currently used.  The new ‘touch and travel’ card will require to be scanned on each journey made. The 60+… Read More »