Force the transport operators to deliver proper integrated ticketing

Does the council have any powers to force the main transport operators - ScotRail, SPT, First Bus etc - to work together to introduce a similar system to London's Oyster Card?

At the moment each of the operators has its own system and none are compatible with the others. The so-called "Smart Card" on the Glasgow Subway doesn't work on the mainline trains or buses. In London, one card does it all and is capped to avoid high daily charges.

First Bus are still taking cash payments to the driver. FFS. It's 2016!


Why the contribution is important

Would reduce congestion in the city if travelling on public transport was made more "ticketing friendly."

Also, what 'world class city' has such a poorly integrated system in place?

by samueljones on September 08, 2016 at 01:01PM

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  • Posted by Moneysaver September 22, 2016 at 12:42

    The cash payments do not go the driver so you are in error there.

    I am afraid you incorrect as ticketing has nothing to do with anything.

    I mean what you are saying people are so indolent and slothful they are unable to ask for a ticket but can press fingers on a touch screen phone for hours?
  • Posted by BobF October 04, 2016 at 18:32

    Fantastic idea, when using the bus l use an application on my smart phone that allows me to display an e-ticket to the driver. Whilst such a ticket does exist for duration of a day - Given the site of Glasgow surely such a scheme would be usefully for both tourists and commuters alike?

    Mobile phone apps are current used for car parking in the city centre so the technology does have a precedent. Worth considering my my opinion.
  • Posted by johnstonorr October 04, 2016 at 21:00

    Never mind the Oyster Card, when I'm in London now I just use any contactless card or Apple Pay! This means there's no barrier to using public transport (e.g. Lack of exact change to pay FirstBus) thus enabling greater levels of public transport usage.

    Ignore the obvious troll comments above and support this idea!
  • Posted by MSCRS October 18, 2016 at 15:43

    Better integrated transport would be great for the city. For the city with one of the largest suburban rail networks it is such a shame that there isn't a more coherent travel strategy so that you can hop on to the next mode of transport to get you to your destination.

    Nevermind London, Edinburgh has a better transport operation than Glasgow, Lothian Busses returns its profits to the city council. We can't even get the local bus companies to use a purpose built bus lane.
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