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Six Japanese cities launch MaaS mobile ticketing

Transit services in the cities of Oita, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kumamoto, Oshima and Tsuchiura are available via the Japan Transit Planner and Norikae Annai apps.

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Mobile ticketing is growing across Japan
Mobile ticketing is growing across Japan

Japanese cities of Oita, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kumamoto, Oshima and Tsuchiura are the latest to introduce mobile ticketing for transit services to help improve rider access and safety on public transport.

 

Trip-planning service specialist Jorudan and transit ticketing platform Masabi report the six-city deployment is the largest expansion of their Japanese mobility-as-a-service partnership, taking the total number of deployments to 17 nationwide.

 

Comprehensive tram network

 

In Oita, passengers can now purchase Canbus one-day passes for Oita Bus, Oita’s largest bus company, running routes throughout the city. In Sapporo, One-day and Dosanko tickets are available for Sapporo Streetcar, the city’s comprehensive tram network.

 

Passengers on Asahikawa Denkikidou bus services will be able to purchase one- and two-day city-wide passes. Kumamoto City Transportation Bureau will offer one-day passes across their entire network. Oshima bus will offer one- and two-day tickets via the apps.

 

“To date, our work with Masabi has provided quicker, easier and safer transit payment and riding experiences in 17 towns and cities across Japan, both for those who use these services daily and for visitors,” said Toshikazu Sato, CEO of Jorudan.

 

“Now more than ever, the work we are doing to enable people to plan their journeys, buy their transport ticket and safely navigate the local area is essential. We will continue to roll out further deployments nationwide and are excited to be able to deliver this functionality to passengers across Japan.”

 

According to Masabi and Jorudan, the latest deployments sees their partnership develop in higher density urban areas across Japan, offering transit services in prefecture capitals with increased passenger volumes.

“Now more than ever, the work we are doing to enable people to plan their journeys, buy their transport ticket and safely navigate the local area is essential”

Jorudan has integrated the Justride mobile ticketing SDK into its MaaS apps, meaning once operators sign up to the service, tickets can quickly and easily be made available in the Jorudan’s Japan Transit Planner and Norikae Annai applications.

 

“The last 12 months have seen unprecedented challenges for transport operators around the world, their employees and customers, as Covid protocols and social distancing requirements have hit riderships hard, all while they continue to strive to provide an essential service for key workers,” added Brian Zanghi, CEO at Masabi.

 

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been working alongside Jorudan to deploy a fare payment system for operators throughout Japan that is Covid-safe and can encourage passengers back to public transport as the pandemic recedes. We are delighted to continue our work to simplify access to public transport across Japan, making it easier and safer to access for passengers throughout the country.”

 

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