Visa, Apple Pay, Android Pay trials for public transport payment coming in 2018

About time.

By Joshua Lee | September 13, 2017

Public transport commuters will be able to try out other mobile options to pay for their commutes soon.

Since March 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been trialling a pilot Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) programme where commuters can use their credit or debit cards to pay for their public transport rides.

Unlike the existing EZ-Link system where cash top-ups are required, commuters under the ABT programme will have their fares directly charged to their credit or debit cards.

According to LTA, the ABT programme will be extended because it has received “positive feedback from more than 100,000 commuters” so far. 

Other mobile payment options are also being lined up. Visa and NETS cardholders can join the ABT programme in June 2018.

There is also good news for users of Apple and Android Pay, as these will be trialled from the first quarter of 2018.

You can join the ongoing ABT programme here.

Here’s LTA’s Facebook post on the ABT:

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