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Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

UrbanThings m-ticketing usage rises 200% as Covid-19 creates a catalyst for smart travel   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has published a new white paper discussing the future of public transport and smart cities   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has reported a 200% rise in bus mobile ticketing use in Q4 of 2020 compared...
myTrip helps smaller bus operators with BODS

myTrip helps smaller bus operators with BODS

Passenger’s app for smaller operators can be used to upload SIRI-VM (AVL) feeds or TransXChange data to BODS   Heat map of myTrip operators AVL data   2020 was a challenging year for the bus industry, with constantly changing operational concerns and new open data regulations introduced in England through the Bus Open Data Service...
HS2 workers to use social distancing technology

HS2 workers to use social distancing technology

Technology profiled on BBC’s The One Show to be introduced across EKFB’s area central route   Helmet-mounted devices accurately monitor how close workers are to each other   A technology start-up that joined the HS2 Covid-19 Innovation Challenge last Spring has secured a major deal to supply work site social distancing technology to one of...
Keolis trials autonomous mobility solution

Keolis trials autonomous mobility solution

Group trials autonomous electric vehicles in the city of Gothenburg     Keolis has launched a trial of autonomous electric vehicles in the city of Gothenburg on behalf of local public transport authority Västtrafik. This service, which is integrated into the regional public transport network, will serve industrial and residential sites for a four and...
Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Module helps operators submit BDOS data   Transdev Blazefield is using the new system   Omnibus is launching a new module to help clients to provide seamless, compliant timetable data for the Bus Open Data Service (BODS). From its launch in the Autumn, clients will be able to produce TransXChange 2.4 files in accordance with...
TfWLab reveals second cohort

TfWLab reveals second cohort

New batch of talented start-ups for KeolisAmey Wales innovation programme     KeolisAmey Wales, the parent company of Transport for Wales Rail Services and AltLabs have revealed the 11 companies who will take part in the second cohort of the innovative Lab by Transport for Wales (TFWLab) programme. Having been chosen from over 100 entries...
Railcard discounts now on smart card

Railcard discounts now on smart card

Discount Railcards get smart on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern     Railcards giving discounts of between a third and 50% can now be used on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern’s “keyGo” pay-as-you-go smartcard service. The innovation completely removes the need to queue or book ahead for most paper or online tickets, which supports social...
Trentbarton's Mango app a 'world first'

Trentbarton’s Mango app a ‘world first’

App offers account-based ticketing on a smartphone     Bus passengers in the East Midlands are pioneering public transport’s digital future with the launch of Trentbarton’s Mango app for smartphones. The operator claims the new Mango app is the world’s most advanced ticketing app for buses. Trentbarton worked with technology provider ACT, a Fujitsu company,...
GWR receives first 'tri-mode' train

GWR receives first ‘tri-mode’ train

Flex fleet will expand services on North Downs line     Train operator GWR has received its first ‘tri-mode’ multiple unit – able to run on overhead and third-rail electrified lines as well as under its own power using a diesel generator. Converted from a Class 319 unit previously used on Thameslink services by ROSCO...
NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

Technology uses CitySwift’s bus data engine to help spread demand peaks and encourage social distancing as government restrictions on using public transport are relaxed   Passengers can now determine the best time to travel, based on predicted available bus capacity data   National Express West Midlands has launched an innovative new information service for bus...
Go-Ahead to launch ride sharing ‘JustGo’ service

Go-Ahead to launch ride sharing ‘JustGo’ service

Go-Ahead bus company East Yorkshire is launching a demand-responsive bus service in North Lincolnshire next month     Go-Ahead-owned bus company East Yorkshire has won a contract from North Lincolnshire Council to provide demand-responsive buses in the region. From next month, East Yorkshire will operate the new ‘JustGo’ on-demand services across North Lincolnshire, aimed at...
‘No-touch, Low-touch’ rail ticket machines

‘No-touch, Low-touch’ rail ticket machines

International public transport ticket retailing specialist is helping to make self-service ticket issuing systems safer   Flowbird’s IRIS video communication system in use   Flowbird Transport has launched its SafeT (Safe Transport) ‘no-touch, low-touch’ range to help train operating companies meet the rail industry’s safer travel pledge to passengers. The international public transport ticket retailing...