Mo­bile way to pay for bus tick­ets

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

BUS pas­sen­gers now have a vir­tual ticket to ride – thanks to a new pa­per­less tick­et­ing sys­tem.

Ar­riva’s launch of the new “m-ticket” is be­lieved to be the largest of its kind in the world, cov­er­ing about 1,000 routes and 4,500 buses.

Pas­sen­gers will be able to use their mo­bile phones to buy tick­ets, pay­ing by credit/debit card or at a PayPoint out­let, and then dis­play­ing the ‘vir­tual ticket’ to the driver.

Heath Wil­liams, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Ar­riva Buses South­ern Coun­ties, said the tick­ets would give “ad­di­tional flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience.”

He added: “The mo­bile phone is an es­sen­tial part of mod­ern life.

“It saves pas­sen­gers search­ing out the cash to buy a ticket and speeds up get­ting on a bus, as they sim­ply show the ticket on the phone dis­play to the driver.”

Ar­riva, the third largest bus op­er­a­tor in the UK, teamed up with Con­cept Data Tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate the m-tick­et­ing sys­tem.

Once down­loaded to a mo­bile phone, it al­lows a range of tick­ets to be bought, in­clud­ing daily and weekly.

The com­pany says mo­bile ticket users could save 10 per cent from their four-weekly tick­ets.

But Black­berry and iPhone users won’t be able to use the ser­vice un­til early 2010, and old mo­biles, in­clud­ing those with green screens or those more than four years old, can­not be used with the sys­tem.

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