Who are Transport for West Midlands?
The West Midlands has come a long way since the seven regional metropolitan local authorities launched their Statement of Intent in July 2015. In just fifteen months we have created our West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and agreed our first devolution deal with government, in order to support our collective ambitions for economic growth and prosperity for the people of the region.
The West Midlands Combined Authority has a number of priorities including public sector reform, housing, productivity and skills, but transport remains a cornerstone to the organisation.
The West Midlands ITA and Centro/PTE were dissolved on Friday 17 June 2016 and the transport arm of the combined authority is now led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).
TfWM continues the work of its predecessors to invest to improve the regional transport structure, working towards an integrated public transport system that’s safe and secure. At the same time we are busy planning for the future.
We work in partnership with operators in the West Midlands - as Network West Midlands - to develop integrated ticketing that meets customer needs. We also provide free fares for the elderly and disabled.
We provide park and ride facilities and work with operators to provide other improvements, such as Bus Alliance or proposals to devolve more powers over local rail services to us as West Midlands Rail.
As owners of Midland Metro we promote and develop Line One and its planned extensions.
We pay for socially necessary bus services to operate that are not profitable - in the early morning, the evening or Sundays.
Information is provided to passengers in electronic, real-time and mobile formats and traditional paper-based at-stop or in leaflets.
We are giving more people sustainable travel options including cycle routes and storage, maintenance and safe riding courses and security marking.