NESTI chooses preferred supplier for small operator ticket machines

A supplier has been chosen to provide smaller bus operators in the North East with on-board smart ticket technology.

The North East Smart Ticketing Initiative (NESTI) is funding the procurement of on-board technology to ensure all local buses in the region can join the smart revolution.  It is a key commitment of NESTI to deliver a solution for small operators who would be unable to meet the capital costs of procuring their own HOPS and back office systems.
The on-board smart electronic ticket machines will be supplied by the preferred supplier Ticketer and purchased by small operators through a framework agreement.

The NESTI project has selected a preferred supplier for the managed service which will support the on-board machines by providing a back office able to communicate with the NESTI HOPS.
The managed service will be subsidised by the NESTI programme and the operators will be required to purchase the ETMs from the framework. Having machines on board will allow small operators to benefit from an uplift in Government Bus Service Operator Grant.