Transport for Greater Manchester releases multimodal smart card

4 August 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

Thousands of passengers can now, for the first time, use a single smart card for all their journeys on any Greater Manchester tram and bus.

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This latest development is the next phase of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) ‘get me there’ smart card system, working with operators through Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd (GMTL), and is a further step forward towards delivering a fully integrated smart system across the city region.

This makes it easy for users with a ‘get me there’ account to view and purchase a range of products online, making travel easier and more flexible, with no need to carry cash or queue at ticket machines.

“The expansion of get me there will certainly help make travel easier and, for the first time, enable people across Greater Manchester to hop on and off trams and buses with their smartcard,” said Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. “All this can only be good news and will, I hope, encourage more people than ever before to get on board with public transport, which will help to tackle congestion and air quality issues.”

Season ticket holders will benefit from added security as any lost or stolen tickets and travelcards that have more than seven days left to run will be replaced, with customers able to order new cards online.

Furthermore, as well as being able to buy a new range of multimodal bus and tram products, new 16-18 and corporate smart cards have also been introduced.

“I’m delighted that today we’re launching a smart ticket that allows truly flexible, multimodal travel on Greater Manchester’s trams and buses for the first time,” added Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC), Councillor Andrew Fender. “We are on a journey with get me there and smart ticketing. We know the travelling public wants a world-class, integrated, pan-Northern smart ticketing system, and this latest development brings us a step closer towards realising this ambition.”

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