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Old August 10th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #181
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The Lothian bus and tram app goes multilingual | Eurotransport Magazine - 09/08/17

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The Lothian bus and tram app now supports simplified and traditional Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Spanish, while other languages may be added depending on demand.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #182
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The technical reason for not introducing an oyster based system was that LB would apparently have to maintain credit accounts for thousands of people. This would require increased reserves and oversights that the council were unhappy shouldering unlike TfL.

Using existing contactless cards bypasses this problem.
It would be good if this could be integrated with smart ticketing i.e. if you take more than 3 buses your ticket changes into a DayTicket.

Also if it were possible to top-up a citysmart card at an ATM like you do with PAYG mobile phone credit, that would encourage people to use them.

Sadly, I don't see any of these things happening in the near future and will continue to run into the shop to buy some chewing gum to get the right change for the bus.

Slightly OT, but does anyone know why West Lothian doesn't have any Lothian Bus services despite the Council owning a share in the business?
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Well at least the app gets round the change problem- works quite well and allows you to share/gift tickets. But agree having to pre-plan a day ticket rather than just auto-conversion from 3 single journies feels 20th century.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 10:48 PM   #184
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With any luck, the Airlink contactless trial will be rolled out to all services in the not too distant future. Then, the logical next step will hopefully be for TfE to follow TfL's lead with automatic daily and weekly fare capping. Both of these steps combined will go a very long way to making ticketing more user friendly for residents, tourists, and infrequent visitors alike.

Tourists, and especially for tourists with children, however, should really be able to buy visitor passes which, unlike the "citysmart" cards based on journeys, should be based on time. For example, some cities offer unlimited travel cards for set costs, that cover periods of 2 and 3 days, and that really simplifies things. Hopefully stop names can also be displayed and announced in a similar fashion to Airlink and the Trams (and TfL Buses) to further reduce the stress levels for non-residents who don't know the city (although the accuracy of the Airlink and Tram trackers isn't always spot on, so that needs improvement).

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Hopefully stop names can also be displayed and announced in a similar fashion to Airlink and the Trams (and TfL Buses) to further reduce the stress levels for non-residents who don't know the city (although the accuracy of the Airlink and Tram trackers isn't always spot on, so that needs improvement).
Was on a single deck hybrid on a 47 Sunday service to Granton which has this audible capacity.
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Was on a single deck hybrid on a 47 Sunday service to Granton which has this audible capacity.
Ah, good stuff.
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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 105: Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)
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