METRO Introduces Mobile Ticketing
Monday, February 29, 2016 11:09 AM
METRO officially launched mobile ticketing this morning at a news conference, calling this new feature a convenience riders will enjoy using.
Jim Robinson, METRO vice chairman of the board, said the entire board was excited about launching this tool for riders. “Now a smartphone is your ticket to ride. With this, there’s no need to worry about carrying cash.”
Simply download the app from Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple iOS. Pay by debit, credit card or PayPal.
Buy tickets when it’s convenient for you to buy, and then activate them on your smartphone before boarding. Your ticket is good for three hours, and you can transfer as many times in all directions for the duration of the ticket.
Diann Lewter, METRO board member, said she downloaded the app last night at 10 p.m. – and it was super easy. “It’s also a great accessory for the rodeo. You have your jeans, you have your boots, you have your hat – and now your phone.”
She added you no longer have to juggle bags and packages to buy a ticket, for example, if you take your kids or grandkids to the zoo. The tickets are pre-purchased right on your phone. All you have to do is activate.
You can also buy rodeo shuttle tickets with our new mobile ticketing.
“You don’t need to get to your computer. Today we do most things on our phone,” said Sanjay Ramabhadran, METRO board member. “You’ve got a ticket on your phone.”
Five beta testers were at the news conference to comment about their experience. Annie Kotz, who works in software, called the app really convenient. "Everything is on your phone already,” she said. “Right now, it will guide you to use…Google Maps.”
She added she also likes the PayPal feature because she isn’t comfortable putting her credit card in various apps.
Zhiting Cai, a Rice University electrical engineering student from China, said she really likes one particular feature for those on a budget. “The thing I like the most is I can de-activate it off-line because, like many people, I don’t have a data plan. It’s clean to interface.”
After the news conference, board members and METRO officials rode the bus, testing their newly downloaded mobile app.
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