In an attempt to speed up loading times of buses and trains, the city of Bristol about 100 miles west of London is looking at adding a contactless card system similar to London’s Oyster card. Some 20 or 30 passengers would be able to board a bus in seconds, simply tapping their cards against a sensor, rather than the five minutes it could take now if drivers have to deal with cash and hand out change.
The Bristol City Council has agreed to fund a study to examine the feasibility of introducing reloadable payment smart cards. Still, implementation of such a program is at least a year off.
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