People aged 18 and under will pay only £1 for single trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro following the proposed introduction of a new Pop Pay As You Go smartcard - Pop blue.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is proposing to launch the Pop blue card from Tuesday, January 2 to allow people aged 18 and under to pay £1 for a single trip.
To make traveling by Metro even more affordable young people using a Pop blue card will only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day.
A £2 daily price cap will apply to Metro travel and no further charge will be applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.
The Pop blue smartcard can also be used to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel.
Pop blue is described as a major step forward for young people traveling on Metro and is a direct response to feedback from schools, colleges, and from young people themselves.
Pop blue will be available online and from Nexus Travel Shops from January 2.