Pas­sen­gers em­brace trans­port revo­lu­tion

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

TRANS­PORT BOSSES have re­leased new fig­ures that un­der­line the scale of the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion tak­ing place on buses and trains in West York­shire.

Pas­sen­gers in the county are now us­ing MCard travel smart­cards to make jour­neys worth about £30m each year, the West York­shire Com­bined Au­thor­ity (WYCA) re­vealed yes­ter­day.

About 50 peo­ple ev­ery day are also down­load­ing the free MCard app that al­lows travel tickets to be pur­chased from any An­droid smart­phone.

The app has been used to buy more than £850,000 of bus and train travel since its launch last year.

And, in an­other sign of the tech-savvy ap­proach that peo­ple are tak­ing to their pub­lic trans­port in 2018, the num­ber of bus timeta­bles be­ing down­loaded each month from the county’s Metro web­site has now passed the 600,000 mark.

The fig­ures were is­sued by the WYCA to co­in­cide with the start of this year’s Leeds Dig­i­tal Fes­ti­val.

A spokesper­son for the au­thor­ity said: “Leeds City Re­gion is at the heart of emerg­ing dig­i­tal, me­chan­i­cal and fi­nan­cial tech­nolo­gies, and the grow­ing fig­ures show­ing the use of MCard smart­cards for travel, of the MCard and other apps, timetable down­loads and con­tact­less pay­ments show that West York­shire’s trans­port net­work is un­der­go­ing a dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion which pas­sen­gers are em­brac­ing.”

The WYCA says the MCard – in­tro­duced in 2014 and mod­elled on Lon­don’s Oys­ter card – is “one of the largest and most suc­cess­ful” schemes of its kind in the coun­try.

Peo­ple can load the cards with travel prod­ucts in­clud­ing weekly tickets and day savers be­fore us­ing them to tap their way onto a bus or through a train sta­tion’s ticket gates.

The Leeds Dig­i­tal Fes­ti­val be­gan yes­ter­day and runs un­til April 27.

Sculp­tor Jamie Frost wants to cre­ate a multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence when he brings the smells, tex­tures and colours of his work into a gallery set­ting.

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