The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) recently announced a mobile ticketing app pilot. MassDOT is looking into ways to allow commuters and riders to purchase and store transit passes on their mobile devices.
MassDOT partnered with Bytemark to begin a 6-week pilot launch this week. The first two weeks will involve an internal testing phase, followed by a 4-week limited public testing period, according to a MassDOT release.
Bytemark's app BusPlus will be at the center of the pilot launch. BusPlus will initially be available for Apple and Android devices. A Windows version will follow.
Several private bus operators including Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co., which services the Cape & Islands, will participate in the pilot.
"Updating our ticketing procedure has been a long-term request by our customers," said P&B Vice President Chris Anzuoni. "The ticketing system currently being created by Bytemark under the BusPlus program should provide the tools to enhance our customer’s travel experience."
Bytemark currently offers mobile ticketing apps for the NY Waterway in New York, CapMetro in Austin, TX and South Shore Line in Northern Indiana and Chicago.
The app will be the first of its kind in the country to offer mobile ticketing for private bus lines through one app, according to MassDOT. In addition to ticket purchasing, BusPlus will feature schedules, a trip planner and service advisories.