Scottish Transport Minister joins First Glasgow for contactless rollout

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Scottish Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, has hailed the introduction of contactless payment technology on all buses operated by First Glasgow.

Attending the official launch of the new technology on November 6, the minister said new payment and ticketing options are an important factor in encouraging people to choose public transport.

First Glasgow sees contactless payments as a way of speeding up boarding times and making journeys easier for customers by reducing the need for cash on buses. It is also accepting Apple Pay and Android Pay as part of the contactless roll-out.

Humza Yousaf said: “I believe making public transport easier to access, through new payment and ticketing options, can only benefit passengers and encourage those people looking to make public transport their regular way to travel.

“It’s great to see this latest development in payment technology being offered by one of Scotland’s biggest bus operators. By making contactless payments available to their passengers, First can speed up boarding times and make bus a great option for day to day journeys.”

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Bus in Scotland, said: “We’re very proud to be at the forefront of introducing contactless technology on our vehicles and would like to thank the minster for joining us to celebrate the launch.

“Contactless technology is just one of the ways First Glasgow is innovating to make bus travel even easier for our customers and follows the roll-out of our mobile mTickets, free on-board WiFi and our new journey planner app.”