Turn your phone into your bus ticket with Beacon - trial now extended!

04-08-2017

Great news! We've been succesfully trialling 'Beacon' mobile ticketing technology on theSHUTTLE for the last few months, and now, we're delighted to announce the trial is being extended until 30 September - and to cover the whole of Keighley, too.

The innovative touchless mobile ticketing technology is now available to use on our network of 'K' routes in Keighley, the 60 to Shipley and the whole of theSHUTTLE.

Originally set to finish last month, the app scheme has been so successful, with 250 registered users and more than 3,000 journeys completed, that it will now run through to Saturday 30 September.

KPay – previously known as the 662 Pay app – works by calculating the length of a person's bus journey by using special Bluetooth tags fitted to buses and bus stops along the route.

To use the system, simply download the KPay Android app to your phone, register and pay a deposit. Then, before starting each journey, touch the button marked 'ride' in the app and show your pass to the driver.

The Bluetooth tags calculate the length of their route and the app caps the price of travel at the best value over the course of the day or week. You'll also get a 10% discount on the price of a normal bus ticket when you use KPay. 

To take part in the trial, simply sign up at KPay.becotix.co.uk (you'll need to be over 18 to take part). You'll then receive instructions on how to use the app. 

Alex Hornby, our CEO, said: “We are proud to be delivering another exciting and innovative project in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and that our customers will be amongst the first in the UK to experience this next-generation mobile ticketing technology.

"It has the power to remove some of the perceived barriers to bus travel for new users and make travelling even more convenient for our current customers. This intelligent app will mean that our customers will no longer need to find change or understand the best value fare or tickets. Furthermore, this pioneering technology has great potential to speed up boarding times and journeys, which will only make improve our punctuality further on this busy route.

So, what're you waiting for? Download the app, and get ready to blast off for less!