Transport for Greater Manchester’s progress towards a fully integrated ticketing system across public transport has taken a step forward with the launch of its “get me there” smart card system across buses and Metrolink trams.
The system is now live. The cards allow passengers to use a single card for journeys on any Greater Manchester tram and bus. As well as as a range of multimodal bus and tram products being made available, new smart cards for 16 – 18 year olds have been introduced along with corporate cards.
Payment by app has already been available on trams, while the “get me there” card has been in use for concessionary pass holders since 2014. Bus smart cards usable with different operators were also previously available.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “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 smart card.
“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.”
Trevor Roberts, chairman of Greater Manchester Travelcards, which operates under the brand name System One, said: “We are pleased to work with our partners TfGM to deliver more products onto the smart platform. We have been working hard to get growth and encourage our current customers to make the switch and that is being delivered.”
The launch of the smartcards is being supported by a series of videos made by media agency SKV and promoted across social media, featuring two local actresses playing the same characters at different stages of life – the videos draw attention to the bleeping sounds as travellers touch in and out of the system as they make their journeys.