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STAG Task Forces

STAG currently has three task forces TF1, TF2 and TF3 which are looking to provide guidance and propose specifications for emerging smart transport solutions and solutions which benefit from greater collaboration.  Task Forces Consist of Members of STAG alongside other leading experts in the specific field.

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Account Based interoperable Ticketing ABiT

To to provide the basic architecture leading to an open Transport Industry Specification for Account Based  Ticketing  focusing on Interoperability whilst capitalising on scheme's existing relationships, infrastructure using a variety of Customer Tokens.

The Task Force is initially working on a paper entitled ABiT basic architectural concept whereby:

  • Schemes remain responsible for the, Customer and Service Operator relationships, Products and Token types accepted, usage and settlement rules.

  • All existing ticketing products including cEMV PAYG and entitlements can sit within ABiT
    alongside new innovative Products using Tokens of various forms.

  • Customers, Corporate entities, Local and National Government, can together use ABiT to
    offer the provision of personalised travel services.

  • ABiT could become a precursor for MaaS


Standardisation of Barcode/QR Code Ticketing in a Multi-modal Environment

to consider the standardisation of Barcode ticketing in a multi-modal environment. 

The outcome of the Task Force is expected to be:

  • A standard Specification for a Barcode ticket;

  • A plan for the adoption of the Specification;

  • A proposal of how the governance and potential accreditation of the Specification could be implemented.

TF2 have produced a proposal paper, which is available on request. To obtain a copy please use the contact form      

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Multi-operator cEMV Payments

Contactless payment in Transit is an attractive proposition for customers, however it is subtly more complex to implement when multiple independent operators are involved.

TF3 members have prepared this guidance document to help authorities and transport operators navigate the challenges of implementing a multi-operator contactless transport scheme (i.e. where contactless payment card and mobile payment apps can be used to pay for multiple journeys with different operators each day and only pay one charge). It is based on our collective knowledge and experience with existing schemes including TfL in London. This high level guidance provides an introduction, essential background information and pointers on getting started while avoiding pitfalls. It does not go into detail about specific solutions which may differ between suppliers. The existence of more detailed guidance and standards is explained which apply to all solutions. Consideration for coping with adjacent schemes, including rail journeys and out of area travel is highlighted. The ability to perform revenue protection and managing the financial risk is covered. The guidance concludes with advice on implementing a scheme and preparing to go live including initial monitoring and support.

While STAG cannot accept any responsibility for decisions made based on this guidance, it should help the audience make better informed and timely plans and arrangements for multi-operator schemes. STAG welcomes feedback and questions about the guidance.  To get a copy of the guidance please contact us.

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