An improvement programme undertaken in Scotland now means that one smartcard will work across multiple modes of transport and transport operators.
The smartcard is revolutionising the way people travel, resulting in smarter travel that ultimately improves passenger experience.
This is what the improvement programme north of the border has provided, through a joint project between Transport Scotland and three public transport operators.
It now means that the 16 different types of smartcard can be used with ease between different modes of transport.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, welcomed the completion of the project, calling the advances in smart ticketing payment as a “fantastic step forward.”
He said: “Our ambition has always been to see that some form of smart ticketing or payment can be used for all journeys across our public transport network.
“The interoperability improvement project is a fantastic step forward to achieving our vision for smart ticketing across Scotland.
“To tackle the climate emergency, improve our air quality and to benefit our health and wellbeing, we need to see less single-occupancy car trips and more sustainable journeys being made by walking, cycling and shared or public transport.
“By making ticketing for public transport simpler, we make it easier for passengers to use multiple modes of travel with one smartcard instead of two or three.
“I’m confident this new convenience will be welcomed by customers right across Scotland.”
Smartcards in Scotland can allow passengers to purchase weekly or monthly passes, making the process easier for people wanting to use smart ticketing on public transport.
The improvement project is also at the forefront of reducing the number of plastic smartcards produced for smart ticketing travel.
ScotRail’s Commercial Director, Lesley Kane, added: “We are absolutely committed to making it as easy as possible for customers to get to where they need to be and we are delighted to be part of the interoperability project.”