Courtesy of “Akarana” on the Campaign for Better Transport forum, we may have our first look at what the “proper” HOP card will look like when it’s (eventually) implemented some time later this year (or later this decade, judging by how the project has progressed so far). This picture was snapped at Greenlane station – showing a testing screen for where you can top up your card or buy a single ride:
I may be reading a bit too much into this, but quite obviously the card in the image above looks very different to our current HOP cards. This suggests that AT recognise the association of the current HOP card with Snapper has damaged the brand and are looking to create something that’s very very different. They’re also promoting the “AT” brand much more, which I think is sensible.
The next real question is whether Snapper can make their machines compatible with this card and with the Thales system. November 30 is creeping up on us, the date when presumably heads start to roll if NZ Bus hasn’t hooked into the Thales system yet.