A year on from its launch, more than 100 million journeys have been made using the Mayor of London’s ‘Hopper’ fare - new figures reveal.
The fare, which became operational on 11 September 2016, enables passengers to make a £1.50 pay-as-you go bus or tram journey, and then change onto another bus or tram for free within one hour of starting your journey.
It is automatically given to anyone who uses pay as you go with a contactless bank payment or Oyster card, meaning cheaper travel and real savings for millions of Londoners. Of the 100 million journeys made in the first year, almost two million involved traveling on a tram as part of the journey.
Around 325,000 journeys are now being made every weekday using the ‘Hopper’ fare. The continuing success of the ‘Hopper’ will help encourage people across London to switch from their cars back to public transport – supporting the Mayor’s wider campaign to clean up London’s toxic air.
With the Mayor cleaning up London’s bus fleet, passengers using the bus can help to reduce emissions, while reducing congestion on London’s roads. The ‘Hopper’ is of particular benefit to Londoners on lower incomes who rely on bus services more to get around.
Building on the Hopper’s success, TfL is now actively testing new technology that will allow customers to take unlimited bus and tram transfers within one hour, which is not possible with current system software.
This upgrade will also allow passengers to travel on a Tube or rail service in London between their two or more bus or tram journeys – helping even more customers benefit from the ‘Hopper’ fare. Subject to this testing being successful, it is anticipated that customers will be able to benefit from the changes in early 2018.
Khan said: ‘I’m delighted that, a year after its launch, 100 million journeys have been made using our new ‘Hopper’ ticket. In allowing passengers to change buses for free within an hour, I’m proud that we’re cutting the cost of travel for thousands of Londoners all across the city.
"The cost of travel must never be a barrier to work or study, and with our TfL fares freeze and unlimited bus journeys within the hour planned from next year, we’re continuing to make public transport an easier and more affordable option for every Londoner.”
Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, said: “To see more than 100 million journeys made using the ‘Hopper’ fare in just one year is testament to how beneficial this fare is to Londoners.
"It is helping Londoners save money while encouraging more use of public transport, which helps reduce road congestion.
"We want to make it even easier for people to use our services and are now working hard to enable our customers to benefit from unlimited ‘Hopper’ journeys within an hour in early 2018."
The introduction of the ‘Hopper’ fare formed part of the Mayor’s wider fares package to make life easier for Londoners, which included a four-year fares freeze on all TfL services which came into force in January 2017.
Last week, TfL launched its new app which allows Oyster card users to check their pay-as-you-go balance and top up their card with just a few quick taps on their smartphone.
They can then be added after 30 minutes by simply touching the Oyster card on the yellow card reader at any Tube or rail station, tram stop or River Bus pier as part of a journey.
From next month, this will be extended to allow customers - for the first time - to also add their online Oyster purchases by touching their Oyster card on the yellow card readers on any of London’s 9,000 buses.