Over 3,000 young people across West Yorkshire have already applied online but twice as many are still spending time queuing at Bus Station Travel Centres.
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Under 16 MCards are available to anyone aged 11 to 16 and ensure the cardholder receives half-fare bus and train travel in West Yorkshire. The 16-18 PhotoCard, which replaces the Scholar’s PhotoCard, costs £5 and provides the holder with half-fare bus and rail travel throughout West Yorkshire.
Young people can also use their Under 16 MCards to buy discounted weekly and monthly Under 19 Bus Only tickets.
The 16-18 PhotoCard can be used to buy Half MetroDay tickets for unlimited all day bus travel and concessionary Train DayRovers for unlimited off-peak travel on trains in West Yorkshire. It can also be used as ID for buying weekly and monthly Under 19 Bus Only tickets and a 16-25/Student MCard weekly, monthly, or termly ticket for bus and rail travel.
Young people who don’t want to apply online can still go to Travel Centres at Bradford Interchange, and Castleford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract and Wakefield Bus Stations. However, at Travel Centres they can expect to queue.
Diane Groom, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Assistant Director Customer Services said: “I’m sure young people have better things to do than stand in a queue so my advice would be to go online and apply there.
“It takes just a few minutes to input your details and then card is sent out to you in within a few days. It couldn’t be simpler. Just make sure you have your valid UK passport or driving licence handy and a digital photograph before you log in.
“Due to the high numbers of people applying online at the same time, we have been experiencing some intermittent issues, mainly where people break off to find their passport or put the kettle on.
“If customers experience any issues we urge them to try again, it will still be quicker than queueing at the Travel Centre.”
Existing Young Person’s PhotoCards remain valid until their expiry date and will still be accepted by bus and train companies.
The new Under 19 Bus Only ticket replaces School Plus MetroCard, and is available in weekly and monthly options. It can be loaded on to the new Under 16 and 16-18 PhotoCards as well as the older Young Person’s PhotoCard. Cards can be topped up at Bus Station Travel Centres, Payzones and kiosks.
With around 100,000 cardholders, MCard is the largest travel smartcard system outside London. Over 1.1 million smartcard transactions take place on West Yorkshire’s buses and trains, meaning that over 30% of all bus transactions are now ‘smart’.
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