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August 6, 2019

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100 Million Transit Riders Are Paying With WeChat Mini-Program: Tencent

Caixin Global

“Tencent’s WeChat mini-program “Ride Code” has reached 100 million users, Tencent Financial Technology announced Tuesday, exactly two years since its debut in July 2017. Ride Code allows subway and bus riders to pay for transit fares with QR codes directly upon boarding in various Chinese cities. At subway stations, that means showing your barcode at the turnstile. Riders do not need to visit ticket kiosks as the fare is deducted from their WeChat Pay wallet.”

July 30, 2019

On the web

So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here.

The New York Times

“It can often feel like New York City’s subway is stuck in the Stone Age compared with systems in other cities across the world. Trains built in the 1960s still run on the subway tracks and parts of the signal system date back to before World War II. But perhaps one of the greatest symbols of the outdated system is the MetroCard — the flimsy fare card that was introduced a quarter century ago . Cities like London and Chicago have embraced tap cards and smartphone payments while New Yorkers still stand at turnstiles trying to swipe their MetroCard at the precise slow, but not-too-slow, speed to avoid the dreaded, “Please swipe again.’’ Now New York is finally getting a modern “tap-and-go” fare system that will make other cities jealous.”

July 15, 2019

On the web

Octopus Coming Soon to iPhone and Apple Watch


“Committed to providing innovative Octopus payment services to meet customers’ diverse payment needs, Octopus Cards Limited is excited to announce that customers will be able to use their Octopus on their iPhone or Apple Watch for transit and retail payment with Apple Pay later this year. More details will be shared soon.”

July 11, 2019

On the web

NSW Looks to Facial Recognition As Opal Card Alternative


“NSW transport minister Andrew Constance has raised the prospect of Sydney commuters one day ditching their physical Opal card and paying for public transport using just their face. In a speech to the Sydney Institute on Tuesday night, Constance said “frictionless transport payments” would become available on the public transport network “in the not too distant future”.”

July 10, 2019

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Two Months On, Uber Transit Ticketing Is Averaging a 42% Weekly Growth Rate

Digital Transactions

“Denver’s use of Uber for transit ticketing appears to be gaining traction among commuters. More than 1,200 tickets have been sold through the app since its May 3 launch, Uber Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday. That pegs growth at an average of 42% per week in the launch period, the ride-share provider said. Denver’s Regional Transportation District announced the Uber transit-ticket capability in May in conjunction with transit fare-payment provider Masabi Ltd. and Uber. Consumers can use the Uber app to purchase RTD transit tickets . As with Uber car rides, users pay for transit with cards they have on file with Uber.”

June 13, 2019

On the wires

Cubic Upgrades LA County’s TAP Point of Sale Operating System With Cubic Mobile for Merchants App

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB ) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will upgrade the existing TAP retail network point of sale device with its Cubic Mobile for Merchants Android app. Cubic Mobile for Merchants is an Android-based mobile app designed for both transportation agencies and retail. It allows agencies to sell TAP regional fare products through a dedicated network of participating retailers – making it convenient for travelers to purchase regional fare products for LA Metro and 24 partner agencies.”

June 11, 2019

On the web

Developing Cross-border Ticketing in Public Transport Networks

Intelligent Transport

“In order to interconnect the different systems, the Horizon 2020-funded project, ‘European Travellers Club (ETC)’, has developed and tested a new technology that could potentially deliver a solution for interoperability in the field of cross-border ticketing in public transport across Europe. Based on the concept of account-based ticketing, nationally differing ticketing systems can be linked without the need to change existing national standards. Key to the success of this is letting different systems coexist, but while introducing an interoperable layer that can connect the different existing national systems.”

May 31, 2019

On the web

NYC’s Contactless Subway Turnstiles Open Today With Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay Support


“After weeks of sporting “Coming Soon” screens, the New York City MTA’s OMNY pilot finally launched today. The system augments the city’s MetroCard swipes with new contactless screens that work with contactless prepaid credit and debit cards and a variety of different smart devices. We’ve highlighted the latter already . For starters, the system will work with Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay, which means it will be open to a large range of smartphones and wearables.”

May 29, 2019

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On the wires

Fitbit Users Can Now Use Fitbit Pay at Seven Major Transit Systems Around the World


“- Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) today announced Fitbit Pay™ is available for consumers to use at seven major transit systems around the world, enabling Fitbit users to travel with ease. Fitbit also announced it will be part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) One Metro New York (OMNY) contactless fare payment pilot program. Any user in New York with Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition™ , Fitbit Versa Special Edition™ and Fitbit Ionic™ devices will be able to securely and easily tap and pay-per-ride directly from their wrist on select MTA busses and subway lines, providing the convenience to keep their smartphones and wallets tucked away.”

May 28, 2019

On the wires

Chase and Visa Provide an Easier Way to Get Around New York City with a Tap

“Taking public transportation to get to and from work, school or home is a critical part of daily life but can often lead to friction for riders. More than two-thirds (67%) of riders have missed a train while waiting in line to reload a transit card, according to a recent Visa survey of more than 1,000 New Yorkers who take public transportation. Eight out of ten (83%) people surveyed said they have had trouble getting their transit card to work at the turnstile. And two-thirds (66%) have left or forgotten funds on a transit card, at an average of $35.10 lost. Customers can soon simply tap their Chase Visa contactless cards or mobile device at the turnstile to ride the subway or bus. Whether a local or visitor to New York City, the rider experience is the same – fast, easy and secure.”

May 22, 2019

On the web

Calgary Transit to Test Pay-by-smartphone on Four Routes, With Full Rollout by 2020

Calgary Herald

“Four years after Calgary Transit pulled the plug on plans for an electronic fare card, riders could soon be able to pay for their bus or CTrain ride through a smartphone app. Calgary Transit announced Tuesday it will launch a mobile ticketing pilot program allowing riders to pay for and validate their transit fare using the smartphone app My Fare . Testing will take place over 90 days from late June to late September on four routes”

OMNY, NY MTA Contactless Fare System, Begin Phase 1 Rollout May 31


“We are rolling out OMNY in phases. Starting on May 31, 2019, you can use OMNY onboard all Staten Island buses and at all subway station entrances on the 4, 5, and 6 lines between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. All remaining bus routes, subway stations, and Staten Island Railway locations will be equipped by late 2020. You will be able to use OMNY for commuter rail by early 2021.”

May 14, 2019

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May 2, 2019

On the web

Uber Now Lets You Buy Transit Tickets in Denver


Uber, which is days away from going public, has added in-app ticketing to its transit offering in Denver. This comes a few months after Uber first launched transit integration in the city . “For the first time ever, taking an Uber trip can mean taking public transit,” Uber Head of Transit David Reich said in a statement. “We are excited to expand our collaboration with RTD and Masabi to make Denver the first city in the world where riders can purchase transit tickets and ride public transit seamlessly through the Uber app. With this step, we are moving closer to making Uber’s platform a one-stop shop for transportation access, from shared rides to buses and bikes.””

May 1, 2019

On the wires

Cubic to Bring Contactless Transit Cards to Apple Wallet – Starting in Chicago Later This Year


Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB ) today announced it is enabling transit cards in Apple Wallet so passengers can use their iPhone and Apple Watch to ride public trains, subways and buses. Transit cards in Apple Wallet are a convenient and secure alternative to physical cards. Cubic is working with Apple to roll out this technology in the U.S., starting with support for the Ventra card in Chicago later this year. Cubic and Apple are also working to support open-loop transit systems such as the new OMNY system launching in New York later this Spring.”

April 29, 2019

On the web

Mobile ticketing app for Taiwan’s Taoyuan metro to be fully launched Wednesday

Taiwan News

“Passengers traveling on the Taoyuan metro line will be able to pay their fares using a mobile app, starting Wednesday, the management company said Saturday. The mobile ticketing app, which was introduced on a trial basis last December, will become fully operational for all 21 stations on the line that stretches from Taipei Main Station to Huanbei in Taoyuan City, according to a statement issued by Taoyuan Metro Corporation (TMC). Using their credit or debit cards, passengers will be able to buy tickets via the app and swipe though the turnstiles at the metro stations with a QR code on their mobile devices, TMC said.”

April 26, 2019

On the web

UK Upgrades to Smart Rail Tickets, Looks to Introduce Innovative New Types of Fare

NFC World

“Smart ticketing has been introduced for passengers using major railway stations in the UK. The move sees travellers at all major stations across Britain, including London Waterloo, Brighton, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, able to store tickets securely on their mobile phone, on a smart card or in a printable email . The tickets can be read automatically at upgraded barriers and ticket readers at 890 stations. The system makes buying tickets faster and more secure, allows rail companies to move away from existing paper-based tickets and sets the scene for the introduction of a variety of innovative new types of rail fare.”

April 16, 2019

On the web

China Opens First 3D Facial Recognition Metro Line in Shandong

East China News Service

“Metro Line 1 in Jinan City, Shandong Province has become the first in China to adopt 3D facial recognition technology. After uploading their facial information via an app for the metro line, passengers can simply face a device at the entrance and pass the turnstile within two seconds.  The error rate is said to be only one in 1 million, while the technology can also detect fraudulent use of photos, videos or masks.  The 3D facial recognition technology-empowered gate can allow entry of 30 to 40 passengers per minute, a great boost to efficiency, said a staff member.”

April 12, 2019

On the web

How the London Underground Brings in 53,000 New Contactless Users a Day


“More than 55% of all payments in the London transit system are made via contactless instead of the legacy Oyster card, according to TfL figures for early April provided to PaymentsSource. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the rapid uptake of contactless payments on London’s transit system and overall contactless usage show little signs of slowing. More than 21.6 million journeys per week are made on London public transit using contactless payments. More than 53,000 new contactless cards or new mobile contactless payments enter the TfL each day, and one in eight contactless journeys come via Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or other mobile wallet apps.”

April 8, 2019

On the web

Apple Pay Pilot For NYC Transit Launches This Spring


Apple confirmed last month that its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, is going to work with transit systems in major U.S. cities this year. It was later reported that New York City will run an Apple Pay pilot for transit on a couple of lines in the spring this year before rolling it out to additional lines throughout the year. There won’t be such a wait for Singapore where transit support has already gone live. TransitLink confirmedthat Apple Pay now works on any transit method in Singapore that supports Mastercard. It added that support for Visa will be coming in the second half of this year.

April 2, 2019

On the web

Google Pay Says G’day to Mobile Myki

Official Google Australia Blog

“Once you’ve created your card, you’ll find real-time information about your myki balance and recent transactions and get low balance notifications. Passengers will be able to buy Full fare, Concession, Child and Senior Mobile mykis – and auto load will also be available. Soon, you’ll also be able to see your current balance in Google Maps when you’re planning your myki journey, and initiate your top-up from there.”

April 1, 2019

On the web

Consultation on Expanding Pay-as-you-go Ticketing in Southeast England

Railway Gazette

“UK: The Department for Transport has begun public consultation on the possible roll out of ‘pay-as-you-go’ smart ticketing in the region surrounding Greater London. It is envisaged that this would be more convenient for passengers, and reduce differences in fares paid by people by people with different working and travel patterns. The consultation is looking at the expansion of PAYG to medium-distance commuter routes in a radius of around 60 km, including Luton, Reading, Maidstone and East Grinstead.”

March 26, 2019

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March 18, 2019

On the web

You Will Soon Be Able to Pay Your Subway Fare With Your Face in China

South China Morning Post

“In Shenzhen, the local subway operator is testing various advanced technologies backed by the ultra-fast 5G network, including facial-recognition ticketing. At the Futian station, instead of presenting a ticket or scanning a QR bar code on their smartphones, commuters can scan their faces on a tablet-sized screen mounted on the entrance gate and have the fare automatically deducted from their linked accounts. Currently in a trial mode, the facial-recognition ticketing service could in future help improve the efficiency of handling the up to 5 million rides per day on the city’s subway network. Shenzhen Metro did not elaborate when it will roll out the facial payment service.”

March 14, 2019

On the wires

Visa Releases Global Study: The Future of Transportation: Mobility in the Age of the Megacity

“Building on Visa’s experience working with transit operators, automotive companies and technology start-ups, Visa commissioned a global study, “The Future of Transportation: Mobility in the Age of the Megacity” to better understand the challenges commuters face today and in the future. The key findings were combined with a view of existing and near horizon innovations provided by experts at Stanford University, to better understand the technology gaps in addressing their painpoints.”

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