Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has partnered with Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd., a global supplier in the ticketing industry to design and implement the National Ticketing Solution for public transport across Aotearoa New Zealand.
The National Ticketing Solution is a convenient, reliable and cost-effective solution aimed at providing more ways for customers to pay for public transport.
Customers will be able to choose what payment method works best for them. They will be able to pay for public transport using contactless debit or credit cards, as well as digital payment methods like Apple Pay or Google Pay, while still offering the option of using a pre-paid transit card.
The NTS will increase people’s ability to travel safely, easily and independently, leading to more people using buses, rail and ferries more often.
The National Ticketing Solution project aims to improve public transport for New Zealanders through a standardised approach to paying for public transport which will provide a common customer experience no matter where you are in the country.
The first pilot will begin in 2024 in Canterbury with all other regions transitioned to the NTS by 2026.
The National Ticketing Solution partners are Auckland Transport, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Environment Canterbury, Waka Kotahi, and a Regional Consortium of ten medium and smaller councils that currently use the Bee Card. Those councils are Northland Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Taranaki Regional Council, Gisborne Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Nelson City Council, Otago Regional Council, and Invercargill City Council.