First Suica 2 in 1 region card ‘totra’ launches March 21

The first ‘Super’ Suica 2 in 1 region transit card launches March 21, the Tochigi totra card, as in total transit. The card was first announced by JR East in July 2019. Service launch details were announced in December. The transit partners are Kanto Transportation, JR Bus Kanto and Utsunomiya Light Rail though only the bus services are launching on the 21st with LRT support launching next March. JR East announced a totra launch week campaign.

The details clearly state that dual commuter passes are supported: one for totra transit partners, one for JR East. 2 in 1 is for reward points too and there are also totra card points, but it’s not clear yet how these plug into or can be exchanged for JRE POINT. The launch is only for plastic which is expected as 2 in 1 Suica is a whole new Suica architecture powered by a new FeliCa chip, it will take time to integrate the new features into Mobile Suica. I suspect a first step is taking place during the big March 20~21 Mobile Suica service maintenance downtime.

2 in 1 totra Suica is compatible with all other Transit IC regions and covers Nasu, Nikko and other popular Tochigi sightseeing areas. The next Suica 2 in 1 launch is March 27 for Iwate Green Pass that will cover Iwate Kotsu bus lines. All other Suica 2 in 1 launches for 5 more cards will be in March 2022.