Transport and Technical Services (TTS) and LibertyBus are advising all students and parents that the old-style paper school bus tickets, which are in the process of being phased out following the introduction of the LibertyBus Student Avanchicard, will no longer be valid for travel after the last day of the current school year on Friday 18 July 2014.
The Student Avanchicard, which operates in a similar fashion to the well-established London Oyster card, was introduced by LibertyBus in 2013. This simple and secure stored-value electronic smartcard has quickly become the favoured method of payment for journeys to and from school by bus. Unlike the paper tickets, it can also be used on all public transport services on non-schooldays, adding an extra level of flexibility and helping to speed up bus boarding times by eliminating on-board cash handling.
Craig Miller, Public Transport Planner at TTS said: “Students have been using paper school bus tickets on school bus services for many years. However, they were always vulnerable to loss, theft, or damage, and it has been planned for some time to replace them with modern electronic smartcard ticketing. All of these problems are solved by the Student Avanchicard that has gradually been replacing the paper tickets, as the stored credit can easily be transferred to a replacement card if required.”
He continued, “Now that the vast majority of bus journeys to and from school are made using a Student Avanchicard, it is time to take the last few old-style tickets out of circulation. I would like to encourage those who have not yet obtained their Student Avanchicard to do so at Liberation Station over the coming weeks.”
As stocks at schools and retailers have been run down since the start of the year, many outlets have already sold out of the old-style tickets, which will be withdrawn shortly from the small number of shops that still have supplies on sale. Students and parents in possession of full books of unused tickets are able to exchange them for Student Avanchicard credit at Liberation Station until September 2014.