Passengers travelling by Metrolink will be able to cut out the queues and travel smarter from today with the launch of the new get me there ticketing app.
The easy-to-use mobile ticketing app enables customers with Apple or Android smart phones to buy a range of Metrolink travelcards anywhere and anytime before they board the tram – meaning they won’t have to queue at a ticket machine.
Once purchased, the travelcard is then stored on the customer’s phone and they simply show it when asked, just as they would a printed ticket.
The get me there app is free to download from the Apple and Android app stores – just search for get me there – and allows purchases to be made with Apple Pay as well as credit and debit cards. It also has built-in security features to prevent it being used fraudulently.
Initially, the app will offer travelcards for one day, a weekend or seven days’ travel on Metrolink and its introduction marks a further step on the roll-out of get me there.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We want to make it easier for anyone who needs to travel in Greater Manchester, whether that be for work, pleasure, health or education and rolling out smart, easy-to-use technology is key to that.
“For more than 12 months now get me there has been available on Metrolink for our 500,000 concessionary travel pass holders. The new get me there mobile ticketing app will extend smarter travel options to anyone with an Android or Apple smart phone.
“It’s a significant step forward on a journey towards an integrated smart ticketing system for Greater Manchester which works seamlessly across all modes.”
Following the launch TfGM will monitor take-up and gauge customer feedback to inform further product development.
Transport for Greater Manchester is one of the highest profile organisations in the North West of England. TfGM is the public body responsible for co-ordinating public transport services throughout Greater Manchester, in North West England. The organisation traces its origins to the Transport Act 1968, when the SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive was established to co-ordinate public transport in and around Manchester. Between 1974 and 2011, this body was known as the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), until a reformation of local government arrangements in Greater Manchester granted the body more powers and prompted a corporate rebranding. The strategies and policies of Transport for Greater Manchester are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.
Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for investments in improving transport services and facilities. It is the executive arm of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority between 1974 and 2011) which funds and makes policies for TfGM. The authority is made up of 33 councillors appointed from the ten Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).
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