Mobile phone ticket scheme to launch on buses

Mobile phone ticket scheme to launch on buses

Mobile phone ticket scheme to launch on buses

First published in News

Bus passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones as tickets.

First Essex is launching a new app, First Bus Mobile Tickets, which can be used by residents in Colchester, Clacton, Walton and surrounding villages from August 25.

Customers will be able to simply show drivers the ticket on their phone screen instead of buying a paper version.

The new scheme applies to day, weekly and monthly tickets.

It is hoped that the new approach will encourage more people to travel by bus and improve journey times.

The app is available to download for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Once payment is complete, bus tickets sit in a virtual wallet ready to show the driver.

First Essex general manager Nikki Allder said: “Paperless tickets are also better for the environment and will help reduce waste.”

For more information, visit the First Essex website.

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11:24am Tue 5 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

£500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses".
To get tickets?
This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses.
Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech.
During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route.
Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever?
£500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses". To get tickets? This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses. Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech. During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route. Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever? TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -8

4:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
ell
wrote:
£500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses".
To get tickets?
This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses.
Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech.
During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route.
Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever?
New buses to the operators in Colchester means new to the area, eg cast offs from London via Norwich. Try convincing Boris that 30 seaters are the way forward then in 10/12 years time you might see them
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: £500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses". To get tickets? This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses. Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech. During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route. Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever?[/p][/quote]New buses to the operators in Colchester means new to the area, eg cast offs from London via Norwich. Try convincing Boris that 30 seaters are the way forward then in 10/12 years time you might see them hughie-s
  • Score: 8

8:44pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Snowthorne says...

Getting a bus from where i live is bad enough now.
Can you imagine just how many phones will be stolen, grabbed & run with while the owner is still wondering 'what the hell was that'?
Then the time wasted while 'investigations' are carried out?
May work in London but not here!
Getting a bus from where i live is bad enough now. Can you imagine just how many phones will be stolen, grabbed & run with while the owner is still wondering 'what the hell was that'? Then the time wasted while 'investigations' are carried out? May work in London but not here! Snowthorne
  • Score: -5

1:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
TheBrotherhoodOfTheB

ell
wrote:
£500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses".
To get tickets?
This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses.
Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech.
During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route.
Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever?
New buses to the operators in Colchester means new to the area, eg cast offs from London via Norwich. Try convincing Boris that 30 seaters are the way forward then in 10/12 years time you might see them
I am not convinced.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: £500 Y phones and the Uber Riche' brandish their APS "On The Buses". To get tickets? This country will never be like the Scandinavian or Benelux nations until we start buying 30 seater and below style hybrid ECO Buses. Why are we allowing the bus companies to save money, when they are NOT investing in new Tech. During peak times its simple run two ECO buses back to back, then on quiet moments when there are only 5 people on a bus, switch to one on the route. Too noisy, to dirty, old style single deckers spewing out more pollution than a chinese power station and we are messing around with Y Phones trying to be clever?[/p][/quote]New buses to the operators in Colchester means new to the area, eg cast offs from London via Norwich. Try convincing Boris that 30 seaters are the way forward then in 10/12 years time you might see them[/p][/quote]I am not convinced. Boris
  • Score: -6

8:40am Wed 6 Aug 14

Slamdoor312 says...

So you would like 30 seater buses instead of sixty or more seaters that are on the streets at the moment.
Congestion is bad enough without adding to it. Very ECO - not

It also seems to be forgotten that bus companies in Essex are businesses - not public services. Businesses need to work effieciently and this is part of that. So who's paying for all theses extra drivers of small buses ?

The world today is very different from the pre 1985 Transport Act idyll .

Accept it.
So you would like 30 seater buses instead of sixty or more seaters that are on the streets at the moment. Congestion is bad enough without adding to it. Very ECO - not It also seems to be forgotten that bus companies in Essex are businesses - not public services. Businesses need to work effieciently and this is part of that. So who's paying for all theses extra drivers of small buses ? The world today is very different from the pre 1985 Transport Act idyll . Accept it. Slamdoor312
  • Score: 2

9:39am Wed 6 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
So you would like 30 seater buses instead of sixty or more seaters that are on the streets at the moment.
Congestion is bad enough without adding to it. Very ECO - not

It also seems to be forgotten that bus companies in Essex are businesses - not public services. Businesses need to work effieciently and this is part of that. So who's paying for all theses extra drivers of small buses ?

The world today is very different from the pre 1985 Transport Act idyll .

Accept it.
You appear to not be able to read or digest facts?
I know you have been told this before?
What exactly was slammed in the door friend?
Read it again slooooowly and digest the facts that were portrayed.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: So you would like 30 seater buses instead of sixty or more seaters that are on the streets at the moment. Congestion is bad enough without adding to it. Very ECO - not It also seems to be forgotten that bus companies in Essex are businesses - not public services. Businesses need to work effieciently and this is part of that. So who's paying for all theses extra drivers of small buses ? The world today is very different from the pre 1985 Transport Act idyll . Accept it.[/p][/quote]You appear to not be able to read or digest facts? I know you have been told this before? What exactly was slammed in the door friend? Read it again slooooowly and digest the facts that were portrayed. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 1

10:11am Wed 6 Aug 14

romantic says...

Don't see the problem with having this as an optional way to get a ticket. Means no fiddling about with change. Kids can have tickets loaded onto their phones, which they are far less likely to lose. It would not be the only way to buy a ticket, you could still use cash. Not everybody has a smartphone, but plenty do. I can buy a train ticket and store it on my phone, so why not a bus ticket?

Oyster Card works very well in London, and I am sure eventually a similar system will make its way to Essex. For those who say that the elderly would be confused by it all, well, there seem to be plenty of old people zipping around London without any problem.

The buses themselves do seem to be old and polluting. I believe there are (or were) plans afoot for the town centre to be a managed air quality zone, which would mean the bus companies would need to bring in cleaner and newer buses. Go to other towns and that's exactly what they have, so it is possible. Make that change and more people might get onto the buses, which would reduce the traffic a bit, and allow the buses to move faster.
Don't see the problem with having this as an optional way to get a ticket. Means no fiddling about with change. Kids can have tickets loaded onto their phones, which they are far less likely to lose. It would not be the only way to buy a ticket, you could still use cash. Not everybody has a smartphone, but plenty do. I can buy a train ticket and store it on my phone, so why not a bus ticket? Oyster Card works very well in London, and I am sure eventually a similar system will make its way to Essex. For those who say that the elderly would be confused by it all, well, there seem to be plenty of old people zipping around London without any problem. The buses themselves do seem to be old and polluting. I believe there are (or were) plans afoot for the town centre to be a managed air quality zone, which would mean the bus companies would need to bring in cleaner and newer buses. Go to other towns and that's exactly what they have, so it is possible. Make that change and more people might get onto the buses, which would reduce the traffic a bit, and allow the buses to move faster. romantic
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

A bus operating only 0730- 1000 & 1530-1800 would raise significantly the overall operating cost as you would have an asset standing idle for 19 hours a day. It would also raise council tax as all the school contacts would require two vehicles instead of one.

romantic says... " Go to other towns and that's exactly what they have, so it is possible. " which is why we get their cast-offs.
A bus operating only 0730- 1000 & 1530-1800 would raise significantly the overall operating cost as you would have an asset standing idle for 19 hours a day. It would also raise council tax as all the school contacts would require two vehicles instead of one. romantic says... " Go to other towns and that's exactly what they have, so it is possible. " which is why we get their cast-offs. hughie-s
  • Score: -1

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