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First Group to offer Google Pay mobile ticketing on UK buses

Posted: 4 November 2019 |

A first for bus passengers in the UK, trials of ITSO Transit Hub’s mobile ticketing technology are currently underway with First Bus Glasgow rolling out the technology across its network.

ITSO Transit Hub and First Group offer Google Pay mobile ticketing on UK buses

UK bus operator First Group has partnered with ITSO Transit Hub Ltd to deliver ITSO-compatible mobile ticketing to First Bus passengers through Google Pay.

A first for bus passengers in the UK, trials of ITSO on Mobile are currently underway with First Bus Glasgow rolling out the technology to more than 1.6 million passengers across the First Bus network.

The mobile ticketing technology enables passengers to securely purchase, fulfil and use their First Bus ticket on their Android mobile phone. Integrated with mobile ticketing provider Corethree, the solution delivers First Bus tickets within seconds from the operator’s app directly into the passenger’s Google Pay digital wallet. The virtual ticket is then instantly recognised by validator machines, supplied by Ticketer.

Steve Wakeland, ITSO Transit Hub Ltd Director, said: “Smartphones are central to our busy lives and giving bus passengers the option to use their phone as both ticket machine and ticket eliminates the need to carry a paper ticket or find the right cash to pay before boarding. By adding an ITSO travel card to Google Pay, users can reload funds and purchase tickets from their mobile device, so they can get rid of physical cards or paper tickets entirely. Passengers can now buy tickets anytime, anywhere while significantly reducing boarding times. We look forward to working with all the partners to further drive mobile ticketing adoption.”

Dave Lynch, CIO, First Group, added: “We see mobile ticketing as a central part of making our network up-to-date and frictionless. This collaboration with ITSO Transit Hub Ltd and Google Pay is helping us achieve our goal of providing the best possible travel experience for our passengers.”

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