A SMARTCARD SYSTEM FOR LONDON'S BUSES

London Transport completed a feasibility study into Stored Value Ticketing (SVT) for London's buses in May 1992 and concluded that such a system is clearly feasible and likely to be worthwhile. Further, a system based on contactless smartcards should logically be extended to all pass types, allowing potential benefits of ticketing flexibility, business information, boarding speeds and revenue control to be realised. These benefits will be particularly relevant with deregulation of London's bus services, which is currently planned for 1995. As a result of the feasibility study report, a trial scheme was approved in Summer 1992. This will demonstrate the potential of contactless smartcards and stored value ticketing on London's buses, by carrying out a trial of a developed smartcard system, integrated with the present ticketing arrangements. The two major elements of the trials are firstly a demonstration project to show how contactless technology could work in passenger service. This commenced in September 1992 on one bus route in north-east London, and was completed in January 1993. Secondly, a substantial field trial to test the use of contactless smartcards for the existing range of bus passes and permits, and to introduce stored value farecards. This trial will commence in Harrow in mid 1993 and run for about 18 months. In this paper, the progress of the project up to June 1993 is described. For the covering abstract see IRRD 866258.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 299-310

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00668682
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-259-7
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 1994 12:00AM