‘Get me there’ in Greater Manchester
A new smart ticketing scheme has been launched in Greater Manchester. The ‘get me there’ branded solution is expected to bring cheaper fares for millions of bus passengers. The ground breaking scheme is thought to be one of the largest in the UK outside London and is the result of collaboration between over 30 bus operators through industry body Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd (GMTL), the organisation behind the System One brand, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). Fares will be cut by an average of 10% for the new electronic products compared to the equivalent existing printed products, saving customers up to £5 a week. Customers can buy adult and junior 1-day, 7-day and 28-day products, providing unlimited bus travel across the Greater Manchester area.
‘Get me there’ is an extension of the equivalent existing printed System One multi-operator products. Customers will be able to load the new products onto widely available smart cards issued by bus operators, including StagecoachSmart or by TfGM, including igo passes for young people, other concessionary passes, and a get me there smart card. Passengers then touch in at smart readers when they board the bus to validate their travel.