Ticketer and Padam work to connect DRT with fixed-route buses

Ticketer and flexible mobility software solutions provider Padam Mobility have formed a partnership that the two businesses say widens “the opportunities for further demand-responsive transport (DRT) integration for operators and local authorities.”

The collaboration will develop intermodal connectivity between DRT and fixed-route services and deliver “a new level of flexibility for operators in the way they deploy their services.” It is built around three key components:

  • Ticketing integration between Ticketer and Padam’s mobile app for booking and following DRT trips, presenting a ticket that works on both DRT and fixed-route services
  • DRT driver features that will be available on existing Ticketer machines
  • ‘Connection protection’, which will provide assurance that a connecting service is available.

Padam and Ticketer say that the single driver interface will reduce costs as well as provide simplicity. “The travel experience is greatly improved by removing any payment friction, and connection protection will ensure a reliable, connected and integrated multimodal service,” they add.

Comments Padam Mobility Head of International Development David Carnero: “Smart ticketing is a key component in delivering an easy passenger experience. Partnering with Ticketer, the leader in the UK, was an obvious choice for us.

“The partnership will provide users and transport operators with modern and adaptable tools that will help communities to reduce the negative impact of private transport on the environment by increasing the attractiveness of shared mobility. We believe that DRT and smart ticketing have a key role to play in bringing passengers back to public transport in a rural or peri-urban context.”

Adds Ticketer Group General Manager UK and International Antonio Carmona: “This is another step on our path to opening up our Ticketer platform to new partners. We are excited to work with Padam Mobility to bring DRT and conventional public transport networks closer together.

“A convenient, reliable and equitable alternative to car travel is the first step in addressing the mobility and sustainability challenges that we have as a society, and this partnership is an important step in that direction.”