Closeup of TfL Oyster card

Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: TfL launches mobile ticketing app, LA Metro announces student contest to name tunnel boring machines, and Uber partners with Sound Transit to tackle first- and last-mile problem.

Transport for London (UK) launched a mobile application to enable customers to manage their Oyster card accounts. Riders will be able to use the TfL Mobile Ticketing App to purchase a fare product, wait 30 minutes, and upload the value to their Oyster card by tapping a reader at a rail station. “As smartphones become an increasingly essential part of our customers’ lives, we are introducing this app to make the process of buying and checking travel products as quick and convenient as possible,” said Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, in a statement.  Cubic Transportation Systems developed the app for TfL.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) is inviting students to participate in an art and naming contest for the two tunnel boring machines that will dig the twin subway tunnels to connect three underground stations of Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension.  Younger students (K-5) will compete in the art contest, and those in grades 6-12 will compete to choose a name for each of the TBMs.  Prize include a commemorative Metro TAP card, personalized wdith the winning illustration and TBM names. The contest is open through October 15. Link to detailed contest rules.

Uber has partnered with Sound Transit (WA) and the cities of Tukwila and Seatac to provide ride-hailing connections to light-rail stations. Uber riders traveling to or from eight light rail stations south of downtown Seattle can receive $3.50 off an UberX or UberPOOL trip. “Uber’s pilot program with Sound Transit provides Link riders from South King County a terrific incentive to connect with transit using their vast network of shared ride providers,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff in a statement. “We believe this partnership will be a great test for future integrated service connections as Sound Transit expands light rail to new communities throughout the Puget Sound.” The $3.50 discount is equivalent to the highest public transit fare from any of these stations. Link to full story in Tukwila Reporter.

Photo (c) Transport for London

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