LTA to trial Apple Pay, Android Pay on public transport
Commuters boarding an MRT train in Singapore. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)
SINGAPORE: Some commuters may soon be able to use their mobile phones to pay for public transport as part of a trial by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the agency announced in a news release on Monday (Sep 11).As part of LTA's Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) pilot with Mastercard, the authority said it would trial the use of mobile payment methods such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for public transport systems from the first quarter of 2018."Commuters taking part in this trial will not even need a card and can simply use their mobile phones to tap in and out on trains and buses," LTA said.LTA said that the scheme would also be extended to Visa and NETS cards from June next year.Originally launched in March 2017, the ABT pilot will be extended beyond its initial six-month period, LTA said. It added that more than 100,000 commuters have signed up for the pilot since it launched.Under the initial scheme, commuters can pay for public transport rides with contactless credit or debit Mastercard cards and track their transactions online or via a mobile app. Commuters are charged for rides in their credit or debit card bill.
https://www.transitlink.com.sg/ABTansion and eventually permanent roll-out to be the basis of our shift towards commuter-centric e-payments."Those who want to sign up for the trial can do so at www.transitlink.com.sg/ABT.