23 Mar 2016
SMART STEPS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS TICKETS SOLD ONBOARD
SMARTCARD tickets are now being sold on buses and trams in South Yorkshire.
Passengers buying selected 7-Day tickets will be able to use their TravelMaster or StagecoachSmart travel card, or will be given a reusable, plastic smartcard for the first time, instead of a paper pass by their driver or conductor.
Smartcard users can also buy 1-Day tickets, including CityBus and CityWide in Sheffield, RConnect in Rotherham and SYConnect across South Yorkshire on most buses and trams, and Stagecoach dayrider tickets on any Stagecoach bus or tram.
South Yorkshire’s smartcard scheme aims to change how passengers pay for public transport, make it easier to get around and ultimately speed up boarding times.
TravelMaster smartcards and smart tickets are also available from ticket vending machines at travel interchanges and from local shops that support Payzone. Work is underway to expand the range of smart tickets on sale and to allow multi-operator tickets to be loaded onto smartcards online.
The introduction of ‘pay as you go’ ticketing, together with automatic top-up and balance enquires, is being planned as part of the phased project, delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), YorCard, TravelMaster and bus and tram companies.
Ultimately smartcards will be able to be used on all modes of public transport. For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/smart