Stagecoach Manchester’s smartphone app adds another way of paying for bus travel

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Fruit-based device payment channels are now welcome on Stagecoach Manchester buses. Image by Digital Desktop Wallpapers (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

With the recent launch of Transport for Greater Manchester’s GetMeThere hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, Stagecoach Manchester’s recent upgrade was trouble free. This week, they have integrated Apple Pay and Android Pay facilities through the Stagecoach Bus smartphone app.

This will make purchasing Stagecoach tickets even easier for Stagecoach Manchester passengers. The Stagecoach Bus app, launched last year, has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of passengers. It enables people to buy and download day and weekly bus tickets straight to their mobile phone. Payments can also be made by PayPal, and debit or credit cards.

It is designed for journey planning, next-stop information and live bus tracking, making their journeys even smoother. The price? Free of charge for Apple and Android devices. Its latest update includes a card scanner feature which customers can use, when adding a new payment method with a debit/credit card. This is via the app’s ‘Secure Checkout’ feature. Security is also enhanced by fingerprint recognition. This allows passengers to confirm their password when making purchases within the Stagecoach Bus App.

The addition of Apple Pay and Android Pay through the app complements the existing suite of payment options offered by Stagecoach. One that includes traditional cash payments and StagecoachSmart ticketing.

Stagecoach Manchester launched contactless payments in March, enabling local passengers to use their debit or credit cards. Or any other contactless device, to pay for their travel on board. Including as of this week, Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester Managing Director said: “This latest development is another example of ways we are making travel easier and more convenient for our customers. We know our passengers want simple, quick transactions and reliable information about their services and we are investing heavily in the technology to deliver that.

“Our staff also work hard every single day to deliver high-quality, reliable services. However, we continue to face growing traffic congestion in Manchester and our passengers urgently need those responsible for the road infrastructure to tackle this issue and help bus networks flourish.”

An EM60 Presentation, 13 September 2017.

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