Get smart! How a 90s bus pass trial transformed London travel
The trial of smartcards on Harrow’s buses in the early 1990s proposed what was then a radical way of getting around the city
An orderly queue formed at Harrow station in north-west London, snaking past the timetable posters to the Underground’s hottest pop-up. Staff wearing bright yellow sweatshirts reading “Get Smart” handed out flyers to commuters eager to get their hands on the innovation: the revolutionary contactless smartcard.
The cards do not even need to be taken out of wallets for them to be electronically read.
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Source: Guardian Transport
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