Smart payments – the way of the future for transport in Birmingham.

Stephenson St Tram. Creative Commons BirminghamNewsRoom
Stephenson St Tram. Creative Commons BirminghamNewsRoom

The Birmingham Mobility Action Plan already outlines the vision for a fully integrated public transport network, where a ‘whole of journey’ pricing and payment mechanism based on travel zones will be available.

At its best such a system will allow travellers to use any mode of transport (train, bus, bicycle or car hire) and will include contactless payment card linked to a personal travel account and through debit or credit cards, mobile phone applications. Traditional payment such as smart card and season passes will still be on offer.

Transport for London’s extension of the Oyster card demonstrates the ease of moving from tube to bus. Since end of 2012 travellers can use the contactless payment card linked to MasterCard, Visa and American Express instead of an Oyster card to pay for bus fares and get the cheaper Oyster tariff.

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