UK busway integrates services with smartcard

Smartcard bus service may provide commuters with an attractive alternative option.

UK busway integrates services with smartcard

Residents of Cambridgeshire County, England, will soon be able to pay for local bus fares using smartcards. The new policy is intended to incorporate Stagecoach and Whippet bus services under one cashless payment system.

According to Cambridge News, smartcards can be purchased online and will come preloaded with 10 single trips, at prices ranging from $30 to $50 depending upon the chosen destinations.

"Smartcards will give people another hassle-free option for accessing the busway as it gives the flexibility of using both bus operators' buses with just one ticket," Cambridgeshire County Council planning chief Cyril Ian Bates, told the news source.

Riders will still have the option to purchase paper tickets from machines along the route, but council members are expecting to see strong adoption rates for the new technology.

The alternative transport system is expected to attract drivers frustrated by the frequent traffic jams on the A14 highway, according to Rail.co. Buses will depart every ten minutes between 7:00 in the morning and 7:00 at night during the workweek, and officials estimate that approximately 3.5 million trips will be taken each year.

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