Blog

Mid-Atlantic transit riders will be able to use prepaid Visa card

September 24, 2011

Riders on one mid-Atlantic transit service will soon be able to use a prepaid credit card when going through the turnstiles in upcoming days, thanks to a recently signed deal.

Riders on one mid-Atlantic transit service will soon be able to use a prepaid credit card when going through the turnstiles in upcoming days, thanks to a recently signed deal.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that commuters riding vehicles from the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) will be able to use a contactless prepaid Visa card as part of a new service that is being tested during the next year. The cards are being implemented with the help of Cubic Transportation Systems of San Diego and will allow people to reduce the number of cards they must carry with them.

The vice president of Cubic for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Steve Brunner, says that the trend is likely to catch on.

“PATCO is in a good part of the country, where there is a lot of interest in this kind of activity,” said Brunner, Cubic vice president for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, in an interview with the newspaper.”We’d like to get as much penetration as we can,” he said. “We’d like to have it as big as possible.”

Visa made other news when it announced that it would be providing incentives for merchants that adopt contactless chip technology at credit card terminals. The company is hoping that the system will be used in place of traditional swipe machines.

Back To Blog