A ‘York by bus’ smartcard has been launched in York. Its introduction follows City of York Council receiving £650,000 as part of a West Yorkshire and York joint bid to the Government’s Better Bus Area Fund to deliver a range of smart ticketing initiatives across the region. The card will allow bus users to buy before they board from one of the city’s new ticketing kiosks, which are positioned at key bus stops in the city centre and at Park & Ride sites. Passengers can use the kiosks to pay for their journeys or check what is already on their card. ‘Park & Ride’, First York, Transdev, Cityzap and Coastliner tickets will be available for purchase alongside ‘All York’ tickets, which are valid on all operators’ buses within the City of York area.
Executive Member for Transport and Planning, Cllr Ian Gillies, said, ‘The introduction of the “York by bus” smartcard will allow passengers to simply tap and go when they board the bus. We hope that this will make bus travel even more attractive and further boost bus passenger numbers.’