Friday 6th November 2015
Pop Introduces Pay As You Go
exus, the operator of the Tyne & Wear Metro has officially launched Pop Pay As You Go this week, the smartcard that allows passengers to pay for tickets and keep tickets on an electronic credit card sized smartcard.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones and Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, met at Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle on Monday 2nd November to launch the distinctive new purple Pop card, the first outside London to offer a daily price cap.
Pop Pay As You Go provides a discount compared to normal single fares on Metro – while a best price guarantee means people will pay less than the price of a DaySaver for the zones they use, no matter how many journeys they make simply by tapping their card on the reader for every journey once the daily price cap has been reached it stops charging your card.
Eventually Pop Pay As You Go will also be accepted on other forms of transport including the Shields Ferry and buses in the area but for now, is only available to use on ALL Metro journeys and SOME bus routes, with more being added following trials with selected passenger groups.
The new Pop Pay As You Go card is on sale now at Travelshops and from later this month will also be on sale at selected shops in the PayZone network across the region.
The card allows users to store a cash value topped up online, at PayZone agents or station ticket machines. Pop Pay As You Go customers on Metro also benefit from a ‘last journey’ guarantee – allowing them to travel even if the journey takes them into a negative balance, provided that they top up to a positive balance before they next use the card.
Single journeys made with Pop Pay As You Go cost 10p less than the standard fare, and all day travel will cost 20p less than the equivalent DaySaver price for the zones used. The smart system keeps track of journeys made, and stops charging once a guaranteed daily price cap has been reached for the zones used.
Bus operators will STILL offer and accept their own smartcard products in addition to accepting Pop Pay As You Go.
For more information on the Pop card click here.
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