EZ-Link-free travel on public transport coming for Visa and NETS cardholders in June 2018
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Over the past couple of months, Mastercard holders have been enjoying using contactless credit and debit cards in their daily commutes on public transport, but the Land Transport Authority (LTA) hasn’t forgotten about other cardholders.
Starting June 2018, Visa and NETS cardholders can jump in on the hassle-free experience through Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) fare payment options too. The system allows for train and bus fares to be charged straight to your card bill, and you can also track journeys and your fare history online. Basically, this eliminates the need to carry an EZ-link card around and constantly top-up its amount. Another bonus: no more queuing up behind agonizingly slow folks who don’t know how to navigate the top-up machines.
According to LTA, over 100,000 commuters who’ve signed up for the ABT pilot since March this year have given positive feedback — as such, existing ABT users can continue using their Mastercard contactless credit/debit cards.
LTA wants to go one step further though. It’s also planning to allow the usage of mobile payments for commuting as well, with trials for Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay expected to kick off sometime in the first quarter of 2018.
Good news all around in the realm of public transport, on top of the promise made by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan that resignaling works on the North-South Line will be done by November.
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