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came across this on DCC website:


Pay as you go smartcard pilot launched


Bus passengers in Durham are the first in the North East to try out new ‘Pay As You Go’ travel using a smart card instead of cash.

The North East Smart Ticketing Initiative (NESTI), a partnership of local authorities and transport operators, is piloting the technology in the latest phase of a roll-out aimed at making it easier for people to travel.

The smart travel pilot is taking place with passenger volunteers on the 40B bus operated by Stanley Travel in partnership with the Durham County Council and Durham University, for travel between Durham rail station and the university.

Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be at the forefront in testing this new technology. It should make travel on public transport even more convenient and attract more passengers.”

Harvey Emms, Chair of the NESTI partnership board, said: “The Stanley Travel pilot is an important stepping stone in making a Pay As You Go smartcard a reality across the North East.

“NESTI is working together with other local bus operators and the Nexus Metro so in the future people will be able to use a Pay As You Go smartcard to pay for their public transport journeys across the North East.”

Andrew Scott, Director of Stanley Travel, said “We are thrilled to be the first bus operator in the North East to trial Pay As You Go travel. It is an important step in modernising bus travel for the future”.

The pilot involves staff from Durham University using a NESTI Pay As You Go smartcard to pay for their bus fare, instead of using cash.

Professor Tim Burt, Dean for Environmental Sustainability added: “Durham University welcomes the opportunity to support and engage in the smartcard trial which will enable staff and students easier access to public transport. The university is committed to sustainable travel and we feel this smartcard scheme will encourage more public transport users. We look forward to the roll-out of the scheme in the near future.”

The pilot is taking place alongside a similar pilot with passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Once these and other pilots are successfully completed, the plan is to make Pay As You Go Travel available across a wider range of local public transport operators in the North East, including bus companies Arriva, Go North East and Stagecoach.

The NESTI programme was established to deliver smart ticketing that can be used on public transport operators across the region, from the Tees Valley to north Northumberland.

It has already provided grant support to make sure that around 1,000 buses in the region, as well as Metro stations, have a single technology to read smart tickets.

Stanley Travel use Ticketer smart ticket machines which were purchased with the assistance of NESTI grant funding. The pilot is the result of a partnership approach between NESTI, Durham County Council, Durham University and bus operator Stanley Travel.

The pilot users are asked to record details of their bus journeys using a travel diary and provide feedback about their experience of using the NESTI pay as you go smartcard.

The pilot will provide valuable feedback and data as to how the NESTI pay as you go product is used by bus customers.
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I've split this away from the pricing thread, as NESTI really deserves it's own thread.

I'm surprised this is being launched as a DCC initiative. I thought the NESTI project would have been driven by the North East CA? I'm also a bit dubious about the trial being on the 40B only. How many people actually use this service? It's only ever carrying fresh air when I see it.
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(23/07/2014, 21:14)aureolin Wrote: I've split this away from the pricing thread, as NESTI really deserves it's own thread.

I'm surprised this is being launched as a DCC initiative. I thought the NESTI project would have been driven by the North East CA? I'm also a bit dubious about the trial being on the 40B only. How many people actually use this service? It's only ever carrying fresh air when I see it.

Numbers must be viable using staff from the uni alone.
With the POP trial, I am pretty sure tickets were reimbursed and a load of vouchers would be on their way as a way of thanks.
Hopefully a similar carrot/stick approach is used in this trial.

As for prices going forward when the scheme is rolled out regionwide - I hope the PAYG prices are lower than cash fares to encourage uptake.
It seems pointless rolling the project out, if it is more convenient (and the same price) paying cash.
There needs to be an incentive.
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(23/07/2014, 21:19)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: Numbers must be viable using staff from the uni alone.
With the POP trial, I am pretty sure tickets were reimbursed and a load of vouchers would be on their way as a way of thanks.
Hopefully a similar carrot/stick approach is used in this trial.

As for prices going forward when the scheme is rolled out regionwide - I hope the PAYG prices are lower than cash fares to encourage uptake.
It seems pointless rolling the project out, if it is more convenient (and the same price) paying cash.
There needs to be an incentive.

Go Ahead did these pay as you go cards years and years ago, before all these 'go and saves' and buzzfares came into play. DCC told me a few years ago that their were hoping to bring out a pass that you can use on all bus operators in the County Durham area next year, but this was years ago.
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(23/07/2014, 21:50)cbma06 Wrote: Go Ahead did these pay as you go cards years and years ago, before all these 'go and saves' and buzzfares came into play. DCC told me a few years ago that their were hoping to bring out a pass that you can use on all bus operators in the County Durham area next year, but this was years ago.

Indeed they did. I believe this system remained until the Key Readers were fitted to buses as i seem to remember they changed the 'Go 'n' Save' cards with Buzzfare written on them and the readers worked the same. As with most of my posts, i could be completely wrong.
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(23/07/2014, 22:00)Robert Wrote: Indeed they did. I believe this system remained until the Key Readers were fitted to buses as i seem to remember they changed the 'Go 'n' Save' cards with Buzzfare written on them and the readers worked the same. As with most of my posts, i could be completely wrong.

The old Wayfarer Validators that I think you're referring to didn't offer pay as you go. They just printed and validated multi journey tickets. I think what cbma06 was referring to would have been before that, though I can't remember that far back!
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(23/07/2014, 21:19)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: Numbers must be viable using staff from the uni alone.
With the POP trial, I am pretty sure tickets were reimbursed and a load of vouchers would be on their way as a way of thanks.
Hopefully a similar carrot/stick approach is used in this trial.

As for prices going forward when the scheme is rolled out regionwide - I hope the PAYG prices are lower than cash fares to encourage uptake.
It seems pointless rolling the project out, if it is more convenient (and the same price) paying cash.
There needs to be an incentive.

For an extensive test though? When we test new products, we're ideally wanting to look at thousands of lines of data to ensure we can spot any problems before it's released to production. I don't think the 40B would offer the opportunity to collect such data.
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(23/07/2014, 21:50)cbma06 Wrote: Go Ahead did these pay as you go cards years and years ago, before all these 'go and saves' and buzzfares came into play. DCC told me a few years ago that their were hoping to bring out a pass that you can use on all bus operators in the County Durham area next year, but this was years ago.

Did they?
How did it work? Have never heard of the scheme before now.

(23/07/2014, 22:18)aureolin Wrote: For an extensive test though? When we test new products, we're ideally wanting to look at thousands of lines of data to ensure we can spot any problems before it's released to production. I don't think the 40B would offer the opportunity to collect such data.

How many thousand are trialling the metro card?
Guessing it is more than on the 40b, but if a few trials are running concurrently, then it will involve quite a few people.
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(23/07/2014, 22:48)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: Did they?
How did it work? Have never heard of the scheme before now.



How many thousand are trialling the metro card?
Guessing it is more than on the 40b, but if a few trials are running concurrently, then it will involve quite a few people.

99% sure it was when Go Ahead Northern was broken up into separate divisions (Wear Buses.VFM Buses etc...), When it was Go-Ahead Northern their was no such thing as weekly tickets etc..., only weekly tickets etc... was Busways faresaver and TWPTE Network ticketing, I never purchased goaheads tickets as I first went onto purchasing Network travel tickets and stuck to it, only time when I purchased the busways faresaver was when Go Ahead Northern was on strike. I was 15 when I first purchased a monthly all zone network travel ticket at a price of £29ish, don't know what passengers had in County Durham as their was no such week tickets.
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Nexus are rolling out more beta testing, starting on 21st July.
Members of the public have been selected to try out the PAYG Pop Card - which works on Metro and a limited number of GNE and ANE services (as well as the Stanley Travel services above), within Tyne & Wear, Co Durham and Northumberland.

As with Oyster, fares are reduced when using Pop on the Metro, with daily caps put into place. A maximum of £4.40 being charged.
Bus operators aren't offering discounts as it stands, but the card can be used to buy the usual ticket.

The Pop Shop will be launched on 21st July too, with PAYG options being available.
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