Public transport – Directorio Bus http://directoriobus.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:38:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://directoriobus.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-64-120x120.png Public transport – Directorio Bus http://directoriobus.com/ 32 32 Birmingham public transport sees delays, blames COVID despite receiving millions of dollars in federal funding https://directoriobus.com/birmingham-public-transport-sees-delays-blames-covid-despite-receiving-millions-of-dollars-in-federal-funding/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 20:50:04 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/birmingham-public-transport-sees-delays-blames-covid-despite-receiving-millions-of-dollars-in-federal-funding/ Birmingham MAX Transit buses have experienced delays and cancellations, which authorities blame on worker shortages due to COVID-19 and the flu despite receiving millions of dollars in federal funding to address those issues. The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), which operates Birmingham MAX, received $780,115 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) […]]]>

Birmingham MAX Transit buses have experienced delays and cancellations, which authorities blame on worker shortages due to COVID-19 and the flu despite receiving millions of dollars in federal funding to address those issues.

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), which operates Birmingham MAX, received $780,115 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021 to restore public transit routes that have been removed or reduced during COVID-19.

It also received an additional $13.5 million in federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

1819 News requested a more recent budget from the BJCTA because the latest financial information on the agency’s website is dated 2018. However, we have not received any response.

The BJCTA has been operational since 1972, when the Alabama Legislature passed legislation allowing for the creation of transit authorities.

The BJCTA serves not only Birmingham but also Bessemer, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Midfield, Center Point, Hoover, Vestavia Hills and Fairfield. BJCTA buses travel almost 3 million miles per year.

Birmingham residents who rely on public transport to get to work said WBRC Wednesday that bus delays make it difficult to get their jobs on time.

One resident said delays and cancellations happen at least two or three times a month.

The BJCTA said about 4% of trips are missed per day, which equates to 70 out of more than 2,000 total trips.

He also insisted he did not have enough CDL operators and was tackling that shortage with an “aggressive hiring campaign”. The BJCTA said it would supplement Birmingham MAX buses with on-demand services from December.

However, the BJCTA said there was “no silver bullet” to the shortage of workers and that it was looking for a “longer term solution”, which could include overhauling the whole system in 2023.

Birmingham MAX cancellations are displayed in real time on their website.

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UITP defines key roles for public transport in climate conference initiatives https://directoriobus.com/uitp-defines-key-roles-for-public-transport-in-climate-conference-initiatives/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:43:27 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/uitp-defines-key-roles-for-public-transport-in-climate-conference-initiatives/ Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (Urban Transport News): Public transport and sustainable urban mobility are at the heart of the initiatives launched by the Egyptian presidency during the COP27 Solutions Day on November 17. The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) co-leads strands of the LOTUS and SURGe initiatives, which aim to advance urban sustainability and low-carbon […]]]>

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (Urban Transport News): Public transport and sustainable urban mobility are at the heart of the initiatives launched by the Egyptian presidency during the COP27 Solutions Day on November 17. The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) co-leads strands of the LOTUS and SURGe initiatives, which aim to advance urban sustainability and low-carbon transport.

At COP26, public transport was largely ignored in the transport initiatives that were launched. UITP lobbied for public transport and active mobility to play a central role in COP27 initiatives.

The Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative aims to address 5 systemic challenges in the urban mobility landscape, particularly in the Global South. These are the funding gap, weak policy development and implementation capacity, lack of policy coherence and objectives, difficulty in mainstreaming and regulating informal transport, and thinking compartmentalised around modes.

Divided into three strands, the initiative will take concrete steps to increase investment in electric vehicles, empower and invest in informal transport to decarbonize and build capacity in low- and middle-income countries. UITP will co-lead this last track where capacity building focuses specifically on the development of integrated and multimodal policy frameworks.

“Developing countries are growing rapidly. Our initiatives must recognize the challenges of the countries of the South. The LOTUS initiative will improve green, fair and resilient means of transport,” said Kamel al-Wazir, Egypt’s Minister of Transport.

Through five integrated tracks, the Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe) initiative stimulates effective multi-level governance to transform cities to be healthy, sustainable, just, inclusive, low-emissions and resilient. As the most climate- and cost-effective way to decarbonize urban mobility, public transport and active travel play a key role.

The urban mobility component of the SURGe initiative is co-led by UITP. It will accelerate and support the adoption of public transport and active mobility in cities. It also aims to reduce car use and achieve compact urban forms that allow public transport and active travel to thrive and commerce to thrive.

“Surprisingly, few countries have made public transport a clear and central part of their climate commitments. They are not ambitious enough, not comprehensive enough and not targeted enough. We need targets to decarbonize and increase the share of transport The LOTUS initiative can help make this change happen by bringing together key players in this field – such as UITP – as this will help us build our capacity and ability to deliver better public transport and therefore achieve climate goals,” commented Mohamed Mezghani, UITP General Secretary.

The COP27 Presidency launched both initiatives on Solutions Day, November 17, 2022. Over the next year, the initiatives will use important moments in the transport community, such as events and conferences, to accelerate work and further develop proposed interventions in each thematic area. He will also use these moments to expand the coalition of supporting organizations to ultimately design and execute the program of activities.

The initiatives are launched by the Egyptian Presidency of the COP. Egypt will continue to hold the COP presidency for the next 12 months until COP28, but initiatives are expected to continue thereafter and make the necessary changes to drive more ambitious climate action with public transport at first. plan.

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Tourists crowding public transport is a double-edged sword https://directoriobus.com/tourists-crowding-public-transport-is-a-double-edged-sword/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/tourists-crowding-public-transport-is-a-double-edged-sword/ ALDEN WILLIAMS / Stuff On Sunday, cruise ship passengers exit a number 28 bus in Lyttelton. After years of longing for their tourist dollarKiwis look sideways at cruise ship passengers crowding public buses. In Christchurch and Dunedin, the almost twice-weekly docking of tourists is straining public transport services, but their respective regional councils have yet […]]]>
On Sunday, cruise ship passengers exit a number 28 bus in Lyttelton.

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On Sunday, cruise ship passengers exit a number 28 bus in Lyttelton.

After years of longing for their tourist dollarKiwis look sideways at cruise ship passengers crowding public buses.

In Christchurch and Dunedin, the almost twice-weekly docking of tourists is straining public transport services, but their respective regional councils have yet to find enough staff to resolve the delays.

In the case of Canterbury, its regional council does not expect to increase the frequency of services until 2023.

In the meantime, tourists – which injected $547 million into the country during the 2019-2020 cruise season – are asked to pay around $50 for a private trip where locals pay less than $3.

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On Wednesday, Christchurch Councilor Sara Templeton shared bus number 28 – between Lyttelton and the city – with around 51 other people.

Like someone who had avoided Covid-19 until now, she was concerned about the lack of ventilation and the use of masks, she said.

During the weekend, the Guardian reported that the Majestic Princess, which docked in Lyttelton on November 5, ended its two-week tour of New Zealand with 800 cases of Covid-19.

Templeton said he heard residents choose not to travel by bus last week due to overcrowding.

A bus with around 52 passengers, many unmasked cruise tourists, in Christchurch on November 9.

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A bus with around 52 passengers, many unmasked cruise tourists, in Christchurch on November 9.

While bus usage was excellent, “we need to make sure the sudden rush of users doesn’t displace locals,” she said.

She understood the regional council was working on increasing the frequency of services, but felt cruise ship operators should provide cheaper private transport in the meantime.

Blue Star Taxis, which told Things this was the ships’ preferred service, offered a capped rate of $45 for tourists traveling to the city, then $90 per hour of travel.

The same trip within the city cost $2.10 under the current government subsidy for public buses.

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The Ovation of the Seas arrives in Port Chalmers, Dunedin.

It’s a problem Kevin Taylor, a resident near Otago’s Port Chalmers, said “it should come as no surprise to anyone.”

“It doesn’t take much for a tourist with a mobile phone to discover the [local] the price is cheaper. »

He said the Otago Regional Council knew this was a problem before Covid-19, and in his view it was up to them to fix it. He had seen pictures of queues at the Dunedin Bus Center before and heard of locals struggling to get home from school and work.

“There is a sense of manaakitanga, or hospitality, which has to be weighed against the disruption of schoolchildren and workers,” he said.

The Otago and Canterbury regional councils had struggled to maintain services amid staff shortages.

In response to this and strike threatsthe two councils have recently driver salary increase to $28the minimum required by Immigration New Zealand to recruit overseas.

Environmental Canterbury, Canterbury Regional Council, has secured funding to increase the frequency of services along Highway 28 in June, but would not be active until 2023.

Kevin O’Sullivan, chief executive of the New Zealand Cruise Association, said Christchurch and Dunedin could be unique in their respective councils not providing the bulk of transport options for tourists.

O’Sullivan said ground transportation was handled differently depending on the cruise line, and similarly the cost of private transportation varied too much to put a figure on.

“This [public transport] is public after all. Sometimes this has impacted local services, but that doesn’t really seem to be an issue lately.

He said cruise passengers are often “on the trip of a lifetime” – ordinary people who had saved up for the trip and would probably opt for the bargains where they could.

“We wanted them [cruise ships] been back for so long and worked so hard to make it happen…we’re happy with how things turned out.

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Deloitte wins $200,000 contract to develop transit plan https://directoriobus.com/deloitte-wins-200000-contract-to-develop-transit-plan/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:01:43 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/deloitte-wins-200000-contract-to-develop-transit-plan/ Local firm Deloitte has been awarded a $199,600 contract to work on a public transport system plan for the Cayman Islands. Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan has confirmed that work has begun on the project. Bryan, speaking on last Wednesday’s episode of Cayman Compass weekly talk show ‘The Resh Hour’said the local audit firm […]]]>

Local firm Deloitte has been awarded a $199,600 contract to work on a public transport system plan for the Cayman Islands.

Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan has confirmed that work has begun on the project.

Bryan, speaking on last Wednesday’s episode of Cayman Compass weekly talk show ‘The Resh Hour’said the local audit firm is tasked with looking at options that would better improve the local transport network.

“They’ve already started working on the review of coming up with the best…public transportation system…not roads, infrastructure, (Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing) and all that, just public transportation. [T]They should complete this review within 16 to 18 weeks,” he said, adding that he expected to receive the report, which would include “suggestions for the government to make a decision” in the first quarter of 2023. .

Earlier this year, Bryan, in an interview with the Compasssaid the government was looking to team up with its counterpart in Barbados create a national public bus system in an effort to mitigate Cayman traffic jam problems.

Although at the time he said the talks were in preliminary discussions, Bryan set his sights on a January 2024 start date for a public transport bus network. He also said he was working with Santia Bradshaw, Barbados’ Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources, to make this happen.

Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan with his Barbados counterpart Santia Bradshaw at the IRF panel in Barbados in June. – Photo: Ministry of Tourism

However, Bryan said last week that Deloitte was reviewing the options open to Cayman for public transport.

“I know that some stakeholders have probably already heard of their [Deloitte’s] specialists who make the calls and find out the routes, how it works, what your expectations are, [and] what are the funding models,” he said.

Bryan added that he wanted to be able to say that the professionals looked at the options the government could choose from, “so that I can prepare the budget for 2024 and implement it”.

The minister previously said that to set up the plan, which includes buses, technology, infrastructure, terminals and other elements, the government could be looking at a cost of $20-30 million. Funding for this, he said, could come from the Environmental Protection Fund.

These elements should be covered as part of the ongoing transit review process.

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The mayor of Genoa has a vision of free public transport in the city in 2024 https://directoriobus.com/the-mayor-of-genoa-has-a-vision-of-free-public-transport-in-the-city-in-2024/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 13:31:41 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/the-mayor-of-genoa-has-a-vision-of-free-public-transport-in-the-city-in-2024/ The mayor of Genoa plans free public transport in 2024 If achieved, this would make it the first Italian city with such a public good for its inhabitants. Two days ago, on November 9, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, expressed the objective that his city be the first in Italy to introduce free public […]]]>

The mayor of Genoa plans free public transport in 2024

If achieved, this would make it the first Italian city with such a public good for its inhabitants.

Two days ago, on November 9, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, expressed the objective that his city be the first in Italy to introduce free public transport current 2024. More precisely, his idea is to have free public bus services for residents of the Ligurian capital, saying it would take 65-70 million euros a year pay the bill for this offer.

We busy finding money and now if we put the congestion chargeit’s the tax for driving in the center – like in Milan, you can see where you’re going. This is how the mayor elaborated on the idea of ​​funding the proposal, quoted by ANSA Press Agency.

If he succeeds and it becomes a reality, it would make Genoa one of the the few European cities to offer free public transport and the first in Italy.

Genoa has already experimented with free public transport

That the Ligurian capital can be a pioneer in this regard should come as no surprise. The Municipality has already tried to test this solution. From November 2021 to December of this year, the free vertical transport service has been active through the use of funiculars and lifts. These devices are quite important and useful considering the uneven topography of the city.

The initiative greatly pleased the Genovese with the 33% increase in the use of vertical vehicles, 25% who used free vehicles changed their travel habits and 25% of those who used it got into the habit of traveling with their private vehicle. For nearly a year, the free vertical transport has been active on the time slot from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mobility is a subject that is close to the heart of Marco Bucci, who is also leading a project for digitization of roads.

We are completing the complete digitization of all the roads in the city, including the highways, and then possibly the metropolitan city as well. We need to know who’s moving, how they’re moving and where they’re moving“.

Knowledge means being able to avoid queues, lengthen or reduce traffic lights and above all manage parking. The real concern of the Genoese is in fact the car parks, but the mayor reassures: “There will be an application that as soon as you enter a street will show you the nearest parking lot. Obviously there will be benefits for those who enter the city in an ecological way“.

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Public transport would be free for those under 21 using the ‘climate ticket’: Greens https://directoriobus.com/public-transport-would-be-free-for-those-under-21-using-the-climate-ticket-greens/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 00:22:00 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/public-transport-would-be-free-for-those-under-21-using-the-climate-ticket-greens/ The Victorian Greens have announced a new ‘climate ticket’ which would allow people to travel on public transport across Victoria for free or at dramatically reduced fares to reduce carbon emissions and lower the cost of living. The Greens’ Climate Ticket would be free for those under 21, $1 per day for concession card holders […]]]>

The Victorian Greens have announced a new ‘climate ticket’ which would allow people to travel on public transport across Victoria for free or at dramatically reduced fares to reduce carbon emissions and lower the cost of living.

The Greens’ Climate Ticket would be free for those under 21, $1 per day for concession card holders and $3 per day for adults. The note would be available as a monthly, quarterly or annual note.

Climate tickets have been introduced in a number of regions across Europe and have resulted in lower emissions, less car use, less traffic congestion and a lower cost of living at a time of high inflation.

The Green Ticket Climat could save:

  • A youth $1,794 per year
  • One student $631 per year
  • A concession cardholder $532 per year
  • One adult $699 per year

Transport is Victoria’s biggest and growing source of carbon emissions, with polluting cars and trucks emitting carbon pollution equivalent to a coal-fired power station.

The Victoria Greens will push the next government to go further and faster to help people switch to more climate-friendly transport.

As Victoria Greens transport spokesman MP Sam Hibbins said:

“A lot of young people have financial difficulties. They may leave their homes, often work in low-paying jobs, and face financial insecurity.

“By introducing a Climate Ticket, the Greens will make public transport free for Victorians under 21 and significantly reduced for everyone else, to help lower the cost of living and tackle the climate crisis.

“The Green Climate Ticket will be good for the climate and will make public transport more affordable.

“People are struggling to keep their heads above water because the cost of everything is rising and wages have stagnated. The Greens’ Climate Ticket will help ease cost of living pressures by making public transport more affordable.

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Germany relaunches its mega-cheap pass for public transport https://directoriobus.com/germany-relaunches-its-mega-cheap-pass-for-public-transport/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 14:48:05 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/germany-relaunches-its-mega-cheap-pass-for-public-transport/ Earlier this year, German public transport users were the envy of almost everyone, everywhere. To promote sustainable travel and address the cost of living crisis, GermanyThe government has introduced monthly tickets for almost unlimited use of public transport which cost just €9 (£7.86, £8.80)! Mental stuff, we know. That program ended in August, but in […]]]>

Earlier this year, German public transport users were the envy of almost everyone, everywhere. To promote sustainable travel and address the cost of living crisis, GermanyThe government has introduced monthly tickets for almost unlimited use of public transport which cost just €9 (£7.86, £8.80)! Mental stuff, we know.

That program ended in August, but in the months that followed, the German government worked on a follow-up. And that successor has now been announced: From January 2023, regional transport across Germany will cost just €49 (£43, $48) per month.

Of course, compared to the €9 ticket, the new “Deutschlandticket” could sound expensive – but it still works really, really cheap. For reference, if you wanted to get a cheap train ticket from Berlin at Hamburg today, using only local trains, it would cost you at least €35 (£31, $34). With the new pass, you can take as many journeys as you want for less than €2 (£1.75, £1.96) a day.

The new pass is expected to have similar criteria to the €9 ticket in that it will be available to visitors but will not cover Inter-City Express (ICE) high-speed trains. The €49 ticket will be available for purchase as part of a monthly subscription that can be canceled at any time.

The idea, again, is to reduce CO2 emissions and help Germans cope with the cost of living crisis. In June, July and August, no less than 50 million €9 passes were sold, covering a billion journeys each month and saving 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. And who can argue with those kind of numbers, huh?

The new €49 note is expected to come into effect in January 2023 and will be reassessed by the government at the end of 2024.

In other words, you could enjoy very affordable month-long excursions around Deutschland for at least the next two years!

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Flights and public transport disrupted in Belgium on Wednesday due to a national strike https://directoriobus.com/flights-and-public-transport-disrupted-in-belgium-on-wednesday-due-to-a-national-strike/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:07:15 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/flights-and-public-transport-disrupted-in-belgium-on-wednesday-due-to-a-national-strike/ The Belgian trade unions have called for a new day of national strike on Wednesday 9 November. As a result, public transport across the country, as well as flight schedules from Brussels Airport will be disrupted. The unions are calling the strike to draw attention to the rising cost of living and the fact that […]]]>

The Belgian trade unions have called for a new day of national strike on Wednesday 9 November. As a result, public transport across the country, as well as flight schedules from Brussels Airport will be disrupted.

The unions are calling the strike to draw attention to the rising cost of living and the fact that workers’ wages are not being adjusted accordingly. “The situation is very serious for those who do not earn high salaries and yet cannot claim the social energy tariff. From single parents living on a single salary, to people who have to take jobs on the side, to pensioners, the sick and the disabled, the “social situation is downright worrying”, the Christian union AVC said in a statement.

1. Brussels

The Brussels public transport operator STIB-MIVB has announced that due to the participation of some staff, disruptions are to be expected on the network. Passengers are advised to take all necessary precautions and seek alternative transport as much as possible on Wednesday in Brussels.

A spokesperson told the Brussels Times that they do not yet know which lines will be able to operate, but they expect few buses, trams and metros to be available. As usual, STIB will update its website and mobile application with all the information.

2. Flanders

De Lijn, the public transport operator in Flanders, has informed that it will also be affected by the strike although “the action is not directed against De Lijn”, says a statement from the company. However, a large part of its staff will still participate and strong disruptions are expected throughout Flanders.

The exact impact cannot yet be assessed, but the operator confirmed that an adjusted schedule will be provided on Monday evening, depending on the number of employees ready to work on Wednesday.

3. Wallonia

TEC, Wallonia’s public transport operator, also expects disruption, although the impact is not yet known. It will post updates to its website and social media channels closer to Wednesday.

4. Rail

The national rail operator SNCB has announced that the impact of the strike will already be felt the evening before, from 10 p.m. on Tuesday November 8, and will last all day on Wednesday.

5. Flights

Brussels Airport Zaventem announced that it had already canceled or rescheduled 40% of the flights scheduled for Wednesday, but more could be affected due to the strike. Passengers will be contacted by their airlines, but those who can still travel are asked to bring hand luggage only, as baggage handlers are also expected to take part in the strike. The airport does not advise getting to the airport earlier than usual.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport, on the other hand, has not yet estimated the impact of the strike and has not announced any cancellations. “Access to the airport may be more difficult due to possible actions around it. It is also possible that the various airport services operate at a slower pace,” a statement read. airport also advises passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the gate closes.

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Mask-wearing still required on public transportation and healthcare facilities – DOH – Manila Bulletin https://directoriobus.com/mask-wearing-still-required-on-public-transportation-and-healthcare-facilities-doh-manila-bulletin/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 06:46:00 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/mask-wearing-still-required-on-public-transportation-and-healthcare-facilities-doh-manila-bulletin/ Wearing face masks on public transportation and medical facilities is still “mandatory” as the country is set to make the use of face masks in indoor settings voluntary, the Department of Health (DOH) said. This is based on the decision of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the DOH […]]]>

Wearing face masks on public transportation and medical facilities is still “mandatory” as the country is set to make the use of face masks in indoor settings voluntary, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

This is based on the decision of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the DOH said.

“Consistent with the IATF resolution, the wearing of face masks in indoor environments is optional except” in special environments, the DOH said in a brief statement.

These settings include healthcare facilities, including but not limited to clinics, hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, dialysis clinics; medical transportation and public transportation, the DOH said.

On Oct. 25, Tourism Department Secretary Christina Frasco said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will soon issue an executive order to make the wearing of face masks in indoor environments voluntary nationwide.

Frasco said mask-wearing is still strongly encouraged for the unvaccinated, those with comorbidities and the elderly.

With the relaxation of the face mask rule, the DOH also warned of a possible spike in Covid-19 cases in the coming months. The country is expected to see at least 2,500 to 18,000 cases per day.

The DOH has continuously reminded the public to get vaccinated and boost up against the Covid-19 virus.

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Announcement of a new single payment system for public transport https://directoriobus.com/announcement-of-a-new-single-payment-system-for-public-transport/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 21:08:43 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/announcement-of-a-new-single-payment-system-for-public-transport/ The government has revealed major changes to how people will pay for public transport across the country. Transport Minister Michael Wood today announced a $1.3 billion one-stop payment scheme for public transport in Auckland. The signing of the National Ticketing Solution contract with supplier Cubic means that New Zealanders will soon be able to use […]]]>

The government has revealed major changes to how people will pay for public transport across the country.

Transport Minister Michael Wood today announced a $1.3 billion one-stop payment scheme for public transport in Auckland.

The signing of the National Ticketing Solution contract with supplier Cubic means that New Zealanders will soon be able to use a single payment system on all public transport networks.

People will be able to pay for their bus, train and ferry journeys using contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

“This is a key step in the journey to increase the use of public transport by providing a single payment system and a range of easy-to-use payment methods, wherever you are in the country,” said said Wood.

“This new technology will automatically apply daily, weekly and monthly fare caps to travel, meaning customers will be charged the best possible fare at the end of each day.

“It also means that when traveling to a new city, people will be able to pay using what they already have in their pocket, rather than having to buy a transport card specific to that region or look for accommodation. ‘silver.”

Transport Minister Michael Wood said the new technology means that when customers swipe on it, they will automatically get the best possible deal for the day. Photo: RNZ/Mohammad Alafeshat

The new system would be rolled out across the country in stages, starting with Canterbury in 2024.

The timetable for the one-card public transport system had been pushed back by at least six months for all other regions, until 2026.

There is an overall allocation for the system over the next 15 years of approximately $1.3 billion.

Waka Kotahi chief executive Nicole Rosie said it was the first time a solution of this nature would be rolled out nationwide.

“We would pay multiple times for multiple solutions if we didn’t have this service.

“We know people use public transport when it’s convenient and easy to use, that would make things really easy.”

Wood said it was “one of the most significant announcements for the future of public transport in Aotearoa New Zealand for many years”.

“To encourage public transport as the preferred travel choice for more people, more often, we need to invest in modern technologies to improve the customer experience,” he said.

A major benefit of the system was that when users swiped, they automatically got the best possible deal for that day, Wood said.

Participating areas are Auckland, Greater Wellington, Canterbury, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Gisborne, Manawatu-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, Otago and Invercargill.

Waka Kotahi CEO Nicole Rosie at the announcement of a new national single payment system for public transport journeys in Auckland on October 21, 2022.

Waka Kotahi general manager Nicole Rosie said the new system will make using public transport more convenient. Photo: RNZ/Mohammad Alafeshat

Reports disclosed to RNZ pursuant to an Official Information Act (OIA) request showed that Waka Kotahi had “critical” problems both in obtaining enough skilled workers and in keeping up with anticipated technological developments.

The agency’s technology risk rating has been stuck at “critical” since the measure was introduced in 2018-19.

“A critical risk rating means that the Transportation Agency’s technology systems may fail, in part or in whole, and cannot be recovered for extended periods of time (weeks or months), with extreme consequences,” says an annual report.


https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/477115/new-1-point-3b-single-payment-system-for-public-transport-announced

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