Passengers in Greater Manchester can now, for the first time, use a single smart card for all their journeys on tram and bus, putting the city region a step closer towards delivering a fully integrated smart ticketing system.
This latest development is the next phase of Transport for Greater Manchester’s ‘Get Me There’ smart card system, working with operators through Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd.
Public transport users with a Get Me There account will now be able to download a range of new range of multimodal bus and tram products onto their smart cards.
“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 the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.
Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Andrew Fender added: 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.”
In addition new 16-18 smart cards have been introduced, allowing almost 100,000 young people to make half price bus journeys. This will enable young people to more easily access work and leisure opportunities, training, education and skills, added 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,” he said.